Monday, September 18, 2006

The Penguins raised their first Stanley Cup in the 1990-91 season. The number of players from that season's roster still playing in the NHL is now down to two (Jagr, Recchi), as Scott Young has walked away from the game of hockey.
Scott Young? He was drafted in 1986 by the Hartford Whalers (#11 overall). After a few seasons, he was traded to Pittsburgh for Rob Brown. Though Pens fans were upset over seeing Rob Brown leave, Scott Young stepped in and was an effective role player. He held out for more money before the 91-92 season, thus sitting out the entire campaign. At the end of the 91-92 season, the Pens traded Scott Young's rights to Quebec for Bryan Fogarty.
Scott Young proceeded to bounce around the Western Conference for the rest of his career, winning another Cup with Colorado in 1995-96 (game winning goal in OT Game 4 to clinch the cup was scored by none other than Colorado defenseman Uwe Krupp). Young exploded with a 40-goal season in 2000-01 with the St. Louis Blues.
After the 2004-05 lockout, Young wanted to prove to himself that he could still play in the NHL. He turned in a 2005-06 performance that was on par with the rest of his career, and now, after 18 years, it is time to walk away. Excellent career, Scott Young.


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