-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Tomas Sandstrom (right). Acquired late in the 1993-94 season along with Shawn McEachern in a deal which sent Marty McSorley and Jim Paek to the Kings, Sandstrom spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1993-94 by appearing in 27 games for the Penguins and scoring 17 points. In six postseason games that spring, he failed to score a point. Sandstrom played in 47 games in 1994-95 and compiled 44 points, third-most on the team. He saw action in all 12 of the Penguins' postseason games that season and contributed six points. Despite being limited to 58 games in 1995-96, Sandstrom hit the 30-goal plateau by netting 35 goals and 70 points. He played in 18 postseason games that spring and contributed six points. After 40 goals and 24 points in 1996-97, Sandstrom was traded midway through the season in a deal which brought Greg Johnson from the Red Wings. In 172 games with the Penguins, Sandstrom, one of 14 natives of Finland to play for for the Penguins, scored 155 points, 53rd-most in franchise history.
-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Alex Hicks. Acquired early in the 1996-97 season along with Fredrik Olausson in a deal which sent Shawn Antoski and Dmitri Mironov to the Mighty Ducks, Hicks spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1996-97 by appearing in 55 games for the Penguins and scoring 20 points. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and contributed one assist. In 1997-98, Hicks played in 58 games and once again netted 20 points. In six playoff games that spring, he failed to record a point. In the 1998 offseason, he joined the Sharks as a free agent. In 113 regular season games for the Penguins, Hicks recorded 40 points. He is currently a coach for the Desert Youth Hockey Association in Phoenix.
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