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Where Are They Now? 1991 Penguins Cup Edition by @evil_shero

#9 - Ron Francis: Ronnie Franchise arrived in the 412 on March 4, 1991 with Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings, in exchange for Jeff Parker, Zarley Zalapski, and John Cullen from the Whalers. He became an absolutley legendary player with the Penguins afterwards. After his hockey playing days were over, Francis took over the GM duties from current Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.

#10 - Barry Pederson: Barry Pederson was one of the oldest players on the 1991 roster. He was mostly noted for the trade that brought Cam Neely to Boston from Vancouver. We wasn't a joke either putting up over 100 points in his career twice. I don't remember anything about him at all honestly.

Barry currently works for the Private Wealth Management division of UBS Financial Services of Boston. Pederson also serves as a studio analyst for the Bruins on NESN.

#15 - Randy Gilhen: Not a good sign when your top Google searches are all hockey cards. Gilhen is actually the first German-born player to have his name on the Cup. The Penguins actually boast the 3rd German-born player as well in Tom Kuhnhackl. Gilhen was used primarily as a checker on the team and contributed little to the 91 Cup. He is currently attending alumni events in Winnipeg and sells surgical equipment.

#19 - Bryan Trottier: Trots is a 7-time Stanley Cup Champion. He is a Hall-of-Famer. The Islanders retired his number. He is a legend. Although a terrible bubble hockey player (losing 7-5 to your humble writer), Bryan has done everything one can do in this sport. He is now an assistant coach to the Sabres along side ex-bench-boss Dan Bylsma.

#38 - Jiri Hrdina: During Jagr's tenure with the Penguins, management constantly kept employing Czech hockey personnel to babysit guide Jagr through his North American career. Hrdina was one of those players. Jiri is a three-time Champion and two-time Olympic medalist and his now a scout for the Dallas Stars

#66 - Mario Lemieux: Mario is the Lord and Savior of Penguins hockey. If you need further clarification on that; please, drink bleach.

#7 - Joe Mullen: Joey Mullen is another three-time Stanley Cup Champion, Hall of Famer, and is one of the most prolific US-Born players in NHL history. Mullen is now an assistant coach to the Philadelphia Flyers.

#8 - Mark Recchi: The "Recchin' Ball" was Pittsburgh's sniper for his first 3 seasons in the NHL. A three-time Cup champion, and -I'd have to assume - future Hall of Famer. He was dished away in 1992 with Brian Benning and a first round pick in 92 to the Flyers for Kjell Samuelsson, Rick Tocchet and Ken Wregget. He made a brief return in 2006 to help the young Crosby and Malkin find their footing in the NHL. Mark is now the Pittsburgh Penguins Player Development Coach and one co-owner of the Kamloops Blazers.

#12 - Bob Errey: The "Bibster" was a Penguins familiar face from 84-93. In 1993 he left to captain the then-new San Jose Sharks. As most of us know Errey works as a color commentator for Root sports along Steigerwald with spare appearances on the NHL network.

#16 - Jay Caufield: Caufield was Mario and Jagr's muscle. Although not a particularly talented fighter, he was fierce and did the job he was asked to do. This kept his place on two Stanley Cup teams with the Penguins. Jay works on Root TV doing analysis between periods.

#24 - Troy Loney: Troy Loney was on both 1991 & 1992 Stanley Cup Penguins teams. Along with his teammate Bob Errey his was drafted in the expansion round to captain the Might Ducks of Anaheim. He is now the current owner of the USHL Youngstown Phantoms and participates in Penguins alumni functions.

#25 -  Kevin Stevens: Kevin Stevens was the prototypical NHL Power Forward of his time. He could score 50 goals and put up 200 PIMs in a season easily. His amazing career was marred with an arrest in 2000 with coke and a prostitute and charges in 2016 for allegedly conspiring to distribute Oxy. He was hired in 2005 to be a pro scout for the Penguins but left to spend time with his family. He is currently being planned to be honored during the Penguins 50th anniversary celebration.

#29 - Phil Bourque: "Borkie" is another two-time Cup champion with the Pens. He is currently the color commentator beside legend Mike Lange.

He is famous for the quote "What do you say we take this thing out on the river and party all summer"!

He also is featured with "Two minutes with the ol' two-niner" which is an interview segment during Penguins games.

#34 - Scott Young: Scott Young had a cup of coffee with the Penguins in 1991 and ended up on the Stanley Cup. Splitting his time between the NHL and US National team Scott won another Cup in 1996 with the Avalanche and retiring in 2006 with a respectable career.

Scott is now assistant coach to the Boston University's men's hockey team and director of men's ice hockey operations for the Terriers.

#68 - Jaromir Jagr: This inhuman physical specimen, is still currently playing in the NHL for the Florida Panthers. He is 3rd all-time in NHL scoring and has no plans on stopping. 

#2 - Jim Paek: Jim Paek is a two-time champion both with the Penguins and is the first Korean ever on the Cup. He is now the director of hockey for the Korea Ice Hockey Association and head coach of the South Korean national team. 

#3 - Grant Jennings: Jennings was an extra thrown in the Ron Francis trade from the Whalers. He won a Cup with the Penguins in 91 and 92. He is now an aircraft mechanic in Alaska.

#5 -  Ulf Samuelsson: "Ulfie" was one of the most feared defensemen in the NHL. A two-time Cup Champion, was "RoboCop" on the Penguins blueline for 5 years. He went on to coach the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, and now is the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers. He was once considered a favor to coach the Penguins before the job was given to Mike Johnston of the Winterhawks.

#22 - Paul Stanton: Paul is another alumni of the 1991 and 1992 Penguins Stanley Cup teams. He is an assistant coach for the Florida Gulf Coast University Hockey Team.

#23 - Randy Hillier: Randy spent 7 seasons in the black and gold, earning himself a Cup in 1991. After retiring in 1993 he went to to be the assistant coach of the Penguins in 1998 and through the 2002-04 seasons. He is now doing Penguins alumni events and is in the wild work of investments in the Pittsburgh area.

#28 - Gordie Roberts: Gordie (named after THAT Gordie) won two Cups with the Penguins in 1991 and 92. in 1992 he was the only American born player to play 1000 NHL games. He was the assistant coach of the Coyoyes in 1998-99 and then became a pro-scout to the Canadiens. He is now the head coach for the Elk River High School hockey team.

#32 - Peter Taglianetti: "Tags" is another two-time Cup champion with the Penguins. He was a former Penguins broadcaster and former 
coach at Washington & Jefferson College. He was also one of the athletes who tried to body-slam WWF Legend Yokozuna on the USS Intrepid. He is now involved with both of his twin sons playing for Pitt football and the other being an assistant equipment manger for the Penguins.

#55 - Larry Murphy: "Murph" was one of the best blue-liners ever to put on skates. The four-time Stanley Cup Champion was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 and 5th highest scoring d-man in NHL history. He was working for Fox Sports Detroit as a game personality after his career and afterwards was hired by the NHL Network to be a studio analyst.

#77 - Paul Coffey: Paul Coffey is another legnedary defenseman to play for the Penguins. Playing for the dynasty Oilers in the 80's and Penguins for their Championship run he has amassed 4 Cup rings. The #2 all-time defenseman scoring leader, Coffey, coached Toronto Marlboros AAA team and is also a co-owner of the OJHL's Pickering Panthers.

#35 - Tom Barrasso: Tommy B is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the only player to win the Calder and Vezina in the same year. Barrasso was the goalie coach for the Hurricanes from 03-08 then joining Paul Maurice in the KHL to help coach the  Metallurg Magnitogorsk team. In 2015 he was most recently reported as coaching the Valpallice Bulldogs in some Italian league.

#40 - Frank Pietrangelo: When Tom Barrasso was hurt in the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Pietrangelo answered the call with what is known in Penguins lore as "The Save". Essentially the catalyst of the Penguins 1991 Cup victory he will always be synonymous with that one save. Frank lives in Niagara falls with his family and attends Pens alumni events.

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