Defenceman Paul Coffey joins Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame

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PITTSBURGH - Defenceman Paul Coffey will be the ninth player inducted into the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame when he is honoured at a Nov. 15 ceremony.

Coffey, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, played for the Penguins from 1987 to '92 and is the only defenceman in team history to rank in the club's career top 10 in points and assists.

Coffey, whose addition in a major 1987 trade helped transform the Penguins from a perennial also-ran into a Stanley Cup contender, had 30 goals and 113 points in 1988-89 and 29 goals and 103 points in 1989-90. He played in the all-star game in all five Penguins seasons.

Coffey won three Stanley Cups with Edmonton and one with Pittsburgh during the 1990-91 season. He was traded to Los Angeles before the Penguins won their second Stanley Cup in 1992.

Other players in the Penguins Hall of Fame are Mario Lemieux, Rick Kehoe, Jean Pronovost, Syl Apps, Dave Burrows, Joe Mullen, Les Binkley and Ulf Samuelsson.

Longtime locker-room assistant Frank Sciulli will be inducted in the builders' category. He worked for the club from its inception in 1967 until his death last summer. He will be the ninth non-player honoured.



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