The Pittsburgh Penguins began to play in the National Hockey League in 1967. It took about two decades to complete the transition into the ranks of the league's elite teams. The single greatest boost came when the last-placed Penguins drafted an 18-year-old from Montreal named Mario Lemieux in 1984. This changed the face of professional hockey in Pittsburgh. Lemieux scored on his very first shift in his very first game, and has gone on to collect four scoring titles and two season MVP awards. The Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 1991, and 1992. The Penguins play home games at the Mellon (previously Civic) Arena, which seats 17181 people for hockey.

Quote from Ivan Hlinka on the return of Mario Lemieux following the game on 30th December 2000 in which the Penguins won 5-3. "Some people are born, and they can paint pictures, like Picasso, and some can write books. And some guys, they are born and they can play hockey - that's Mario and Jags."

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