Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins Tickets
League: American Hockey League
Location: Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Notable Players: Tom Kostopoulos, Tomas Surovy, Toby Petersen, Dustin Jeffrey, Shane Endicott, Jean-Sébastien Dea, Kris Beech, Michel Ouellet, Eric Meloche, Tim Wallace and Ryan Stone
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins TicketsThe Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins is a minor league affiliate program of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. Though the Penguins technically reside in Wilkes-Barre, they have the distinction — unique in American sports — of representing two towns, both in northern Pennsylvania. The team was established by Pittsburgh in 1999 after the purchase of a defunct Canadian franchise that had been dormant for several years. The Penguins opened the inaugural season with a 4-2 victory over the Kentucky Thoroughblades. In its second season, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went all the way to the Calder Cup final, losing to the Saint Johns Flames in six games. The team subsequently earned a berth in the 2004 and 2008 Calder Cup final. However, it lost to Milwaukee in four games and Chicago in six games, respectively. The Penguins captured the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy, which is awarded to the league’s regular-season champion, in 2011 and 2017. Grab your Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tickets at StubHub.
When are the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playing this season?The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins began the 2019–2020 season on Oct. 5, 2019, with a road game against the Hershey Bears. The season concludes on April 11, 2020, with a home game against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Other pivotal division opponents include the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Providence Bruins, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Springfield Thunderbirds. The team also plays several important games against the Charlotte Checkers in January. If Wilkes-Barre/Scranton qualifies for the postseason as one of the top four teams in the division, then it will begin playoffs set for the week of April 13.
What was the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins' record last season?Wilkes-Barre/Scranton narrowly missed out on the playoffs with a record of 36-30, plus seven overtime losses and three shootout losses. Despite accumulating 82 points, the team was five points behind the Providence Bruins for the final playoff spot in the division.
Who is the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Penguins' most important rival?Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s biggest rival is the Hershey Bears. Located closely to each other in the state of Pennsylvania, both teams are consistently competitive in the AHL, and their postseason matchups have continued to fuel the rivalry beyond what mere geography can account for. Hershey alone has won three Calder Cup championships since the Penguins joined the league in 1999. One of the most memorable matchups was a 2-1 overtime win over the Bears in the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic in front of more than 17,000 spectators. The balance of power has shifted back and forth between the teams. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has had dominant stretches. It won 10 of 12 matchups in the 2014 regular season.
Who is the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' head coach?The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hired veteran Head Coach Mike Vellucci on June 28, 2019. Over his two-decade coaching career, Vellucci had led the Plymouth Whalers of the junior Ontario Hockey League and the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. His 2018–2019 tenure with Charlotte concluded with the Calder Cup championship and the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award for AHL Coach of the Year. Starting in 2014, Vellucci was the assistant general manager and director of hockey operations for the Carolina Hurricanes, with which he played a key role in developing talent.
What is the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins' venue like?The Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza has a capacity of more than 8,000 permanent seats and can accommodate nearly 10,000 concertgoers. Originally known as the Northeastern Pennsylvania Civic Arena, the venue was renamed in 2010 after the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs purchased the naming rights. The arena features accessible parking near the East Gate Entrance and accessible seating in Row S of the lower level sections.
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