Empty Netter Assists - 08-08-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-How lean is hockey news on a Sunday in August? It's so lean that the only thing we can find is a story about former Penguins owner Howard Baldwin wanting to bring back the Hartford Whalers.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Greg Polis (right). A first-round pick in 1970, Polis spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1970-71, Polis appeared in 61 games and scored 33 points. In 1971-72, Polis led the team with 30 goals,  recorded 49 points and was selected to his second all-star game. Polis' third season in 1972-73 once again saw him score 49 points and once again get selected to the all-star game. He would score two goals in that contest and become the first player in Penguins history to win an all-star game MVP award. After 41 games and 27 points in 1973-74, Polis was traded to the rival Blues along with Bryan Watson and a draft pick in exchange for Steve Durbano, Ab DeMarco Jr. and Bob Kelly. In 256 games with the Penguins, Polis scored 158 points, 48th-most in franchise history.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Gary Rissling. Acquired midway through the 1980-81 season in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Capitals, Rissling, one of the top antagonists in team history, spent parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh. Rissling appeared in 25 games in 1980-81 and recorded one assist as well as 143 penalty minutes. In just 16 games in 1981-82, Rissling failed to record a point but did amass 55 penalty minutes. The 1982-83 season saw Rissling dress for 40 games, score nine points and record 128 penalty minutes. During the dreadful 1983-84 season, Rissling played in 47 games, scored 17 points and led the team with 297 penalty minutes, a mark which is the fourth-most in franchise history. His final season in the NHL was 1984-85. He set a career high in games (56) and points (19) while recording 209 penalty minutes. After spending two more seasons with the Baltimore Skipjacks, the Penguins' AHL affiliate, Rissling was released in the 1987 offseason. In 184 games with the Penguins, Rissling scored 46 points and compiled 832 points, the seventh best total in franchise history and two fewer than Mario Lemieux.

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