Vacation post - 08-22-14

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-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins forward George Ferguson (right). Acquired in the 1978 offseason along with Randy Carlyle in a deal which sent Dave Burrows to the Maple Leafs, Ferguson spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. In 1978-79, "Fergie" played in all 80 of the team's games while scoring 21 goals and 50 points. In seven postseason games that spring, Ferguson scored three points including a series-clinching overtime goal in a 4-3 victory in Buffalo in Game 3 of a quarterfinal series (below). The 1979-80 campaign saw Ferguson appear in 79 games while once again scoring 21 goals and 49 points. In that postseason, he played in five games and recorded three assists. Ferguson set a career high in goals (25) and scored 43 points in 1980-81. In five playoff games, he netted eight points. In 1981-82, Ferguson once again hit the 20-goal plateau with 22 goals and netted a career-high 53 points in 71 games. He would see action in five postseason games that spring and recorded one assist. After seven games and no points in 1982-83, Ferguson was traded to the Minnesota North Stars along with a draft pick in exchange for Ron Meighan, Anders Hakansson and a draft pick. In 310 games with the Penguins, Ferguson scored 195 points, 40th-most in franchise history. In 22 postseason games Ferguson scored 15 points.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Mitch Lamoureux. An eighth-round pick in 1981, Lamoureux spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1983-84, Lamoureux appeared in eight games and scored two points. In 1984-85, he set career-highs in games (62), goals (10), assists (eight) and points (points). His final NHL season was in 1985-86 and he played in three games while failing to score a point. He was released in the 1986 offseason. In 73 games with the Penguins, he scored 20 points.

-Happy 20th birthday to current Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta. A first-round pick in 2012, Maatta made his NHL debut last season by appearing in 78 games and scoring 29 points. He saw action in 13 posteason games and recorded four points.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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