The Pittsburgh Penguins were part of the first wave of NHL expansion in 1967, and while they are now considered one of the premier franchises in hockey, this was not always the case.
For the first twenty years, they enjoyed little success both on the ice and in the box office. They were on the brink of relocation until they drafted Mario Lemieux, who would become one of the most exciting players in hockey history. Along with Jaromir Jagr, the Penguins would become one of the most talented teams in the game, and they would win the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992.
Lemieux would save the team again, this time from bankruptcy, and he would become the owner (and player) for the Penguins. With Sidney Crosby arriving, the franchise won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016, and 2017.
With five Stanley Cups, the Penguins have won more titles than any other expansion team.
This list is up to the end of the 2020/21 season.
Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.