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Vacation post - 08-16-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-Happy 67th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets forward Nick Harbaruk (right). Clamed from Vancouver of the WHL in an intra-league draft in 1969, Harbaruk, one of six players in NHL history born in Poland, spent four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1969-70, Harbaruk, saw action in 74 games and scored 22 points. In the postseason, he played in 10 games and scored three goals. He scored the first game-winning postseason goal in franchise history when he scored in a 2-1 win against the Oakland Seals in Game 1 of a quarterfinal series, April 8, 1970. In 1970-71, Harbaruk played in all 78 of the Penguins games and scored 25 points. Harbaruk also played in all 78 games during the 1971-72 season and contributed a career-high 29 points. In the 1972 postseason, Harbaruk saw action in four games and recorded one assist. The 1972-73 campaign was Harbaruk's final season in Pittsburgh. He once against appeared in all 78 games and scored 25 points. Prior to the 1973-74 season, Harbaruk was traded to the Blues in exchange for goaltender Bob Johnson, the father of current Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson. In 308 games with the Penguins, Harbaruk scored 101 points, 77th-most in franchise history. Harbaruk's 276 consecutive games played streak is the third-longest in Penguins history.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward, coach and broadcaster Ed Olczyk (right). Acquired at the 1997 trade deadline, "Edzo" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins as a player. He finished 1996-97 by appearing in 12 games for the Penguins and scoring 11 points. In the postseason, he played in five games and scored one goal. In 1997-98, Olczyk saw action in 56 games and contributed 22 games. He would play in six postseason games and score two goals that spring. In the 1998 offseason, he signed with his hometown Blackhawks as a free agent. In 68 games with the Penguins, Olczyk scored 33 points. In 2000 he returned to Pittsburgh as a color commentator for FSN Pittsburgh and served in that role until the conclusion of the 2002-03 season. In the 2003 offseason, Olczyk was hired as the Penguins coach. With very little talent in 2003-04 and the lockout looming, Olczyk led the team to a 23-47-8-4 record. Following the lockout, expectations were raised with the drafting of Sidney Crosby and several free agent signings. Unfortunately for Olczyk, the team only went 8-17-6 before he was fired Dec. 15. In 113 games as the team's coach, Olczyk was 31-64-8-10. One of four people to play for and coach the Penguins (Rick Kehoe, Ken Schinkel and Gene Ubriacco were the others), Olczyk currently works as a broadcaster for the Blackhawks, NBC and Versus.

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-Today would've been the 96th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Bob Blake.

(Photos: Harbaruk-Penguins Hockey Cards; Olczyk-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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