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Welcome to The Real DFG's Pittsburgh Penguin Autograph Project. My goal is to eventually try and get at least one autograph of every player to lace up the skates in an NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. It could have been for one game or 700 games, I will add them. Occasionally I may post cards of former players in their new team uniforms. While the goal is to get autos in Pens uni's, it isn't always possible. Since the team has been in existence since 1967, the list is pretty large. Last I checked, it was somewhere in the range of 624 different players. Currently, I sit at about 100 autographs (with some duplication). Enjoy the posts.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jean Pronovost

Jean Pronovost is an All-Time Great for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He is a member of the Trib Total Media All Time Team, is third all time in team scoring with 316, third all time in games played with 753, and seventh in points with 603, having been passed by Evgeni Malkin this season.

Jean grew up in the shadows of his older brother Marcel who, by the time Jean was able to skate, was already an NHL All-Star in his own right.  To make a name for himself, he vowed to focus his play, not just on offense, but on defense as well.  Coming up through the ranks of the CHL, he eventually made it to Boston farm team, Oklahoma City.  But before playing a single game for the Bruins, he was sold to the Penguins, along with John Arbour.  Pittsburgh is where he would cement his legacy.

Pronovost was a consistent goal scorer and showed his endless dedication to his defensive play.  He put up 20 goals nine times during his time for the Pens, over 30 goals six times and over 40 goals four times.  His best season came in 1975-76 where he put up 52 goals and 52 assists while playing on wing of the "Century Line" with Syl Apps Jr. and Lowell McDonald.  They got their name from a local news reporter after combining for 100 goals in the 1973-74 season.

This card comes from the 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures set.  It is signed on-card in blue sharpie.  I didn't get to pull this from either of the boxes I have opened.  Instead, I was able to land two of these in separate auctions online.

Here is a little video about the "Century Line".  Click here to check it out since Blogger isn't being nice posting videos today.

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