Where Baby Penguins Are Born

Posted by admin at 6 September 2010

Category: Arena, Baby Pens, Other

A look at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins logo reveals what appears to be the old standby “skating penguin,” sometime after cycling down from an intense steroid regimen. With such a beefed up minor league mascot, one might expect for Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League affiliate to outmuscle the success of their suddenly slim NHL counterparts. As usual, however, logo based analysis proves fruitless in the realm of professional sports, as no sort of animated inspiration could possibly propel the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to the impressive performances enjoyed by Pittsburgh crowds over the past two seasons.This isn’t to say the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton club has underachieved over the past several seasons. Quite to the contrary, the “Baby Pens” (as the Wilkes-Barre Scranton squad is often referred to) qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs for the 8th consecutive season in 2009, an inspired run on any level of competition. Once again, however, Cup glory eluded the affiliate team, as they fell short of delivering the Mohegan Sun Arena crowd the first league championship in their 11-year existence. In that time, WB/S has advanced to three separate Calder Cup finals series, posting a disappointing 0-3 record in the final round.Last season saw the Baby Pens, repeat their third place Eastern Division finish, though it was a small step back from the previous year. Accruing 17 less points than their 104 point 2008-2009 season, the team fell short of the 100 point plateau for the first time since 2004-2005. Still, the Baby Pens managed to qualify for a playoff spot, though any semblance of winning would come to an immediate halt at regular season’s end. For the first time in their 8-year post-season career, the Baby Pens failed to advance to the second round of playoffs, swept at the hands of the Albany River Rats. Of course, success at the affiliate level can’t be measured purely in terms of championships. As last year’s slogan said, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is “Where Champions are Born.” As long as the Baby Pens keep churning out NHL ready contributors to the big league club’s lineup, the AHL team will be a valued asset to the Penguins organization no matter their Calder Cup Record.

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