-Happy 73rd birthday to former Penguins all-star forward and former Pittsburgh Hornet Lowell MacDonald (right). Claimed from the Kings during the 1970 offseason in an intra-league draft, MacDonald spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. In 1970-71, knee injuries limited MacDonald to 10 games and one assist. After being sidelined all of 1971-72, MacDonald rebounded in 1972-73 by playing in 78 games and scoring 75 points. Teamed with Syl Apps, Jr. and Jean Pronovost on a unit dubbed "The Century Line," MacDonald was selected to the all-star game and became the first Penguin to win the Masterton Trophy. MacDonald appeared in all 78 of the team's games in 1973-74 and led the team with a career-high 43 goals, a franchise mark at the time, established another career-high with 82 points and was selected to his second all-star game. In 1974-75, MacDonald saw action in 71 games and netted 60 points. He played in nine playoff games that spring and scored six points. MacDonald's last quality season was 1975-76. He played in 69 games and recorded 73 points. In the postseason, he appeared in three games and netted one goal. MacDonald was limited to three games and two points in 1976-77. He did play in all three of the team's postseason games that season and scored three points. MacDonald's final NHL season was 1977-78. He only saw action in 19 games and recorded 13 points. He was released in February of that season. In 328 games with the Penguins, MacDonald, one of eight Penguins from Nova Scotia (Paul Andrea, Dennis Bonvie, Sidney Crosby, Al MacNeil, Glen Murray, Jon Sim and Wendell Young are the others), scored 306 points, 21st-most in franchise history. In 15 postseason games, he scored 10 points.
-Today's Obligatory Video: A commercial for a jersey giveaway during the 1987-88 season:
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)