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The National Hockey League (NHL) team the Pittsburgh Penguins is based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team plays in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division. The franchise was established in 1967. They were one of the original expansion teams when the NHL expanded to twelve teams from six. From their first year through the 2009-1010 season the Penguins played their home games at Mellon Arena. Starting with the 2010-2011 season, they moved into Consol Energy Center. The Penguins have appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals four times and won three Stanley Cups: in 1990-1991, 1991-1992 and 2008-2009.
In 1984, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Mario Lemieux as the No. 1 overall draft pick. By the late 1980s Pittsburgh finally was able to bring in a strong cast to support Lemieux, including Paul Coffey, a superstar defenseman, and young scorers John Cullen, Rob Brown and Kevin Stevens along with Tom Barrasso, a top notch goaltender. From 1989 through 2001 the Penguins only missed the playoffs one time.
In 1990, the Penguins drafted Jaromir Jagr, a Czech right winger. He and Lemieux formed the biggest one-two scoring tandem in the league since Jari Kurri and Wayne Gretzky with the 1980s Edmonton Oilers. They also acquired Bryan Trottier in free agency, traded for Ulf Samuelsson, Ron Francis, Larry Murphy and Joe Mullen and brought up Mark Recchi out of the minors. Finally, the Penguins were the best team in the league. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 1990-1991, 1991-1992 and 2008-2009.