April 30, 1989 |
Talking to Gene Ubriaco these days, you get the feeling that he still doesn't realize where he is, even after an entire season as a coach in the National Hockey League. Ubriaco coaches the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are tied, 2-2, in the Patrick Division final series with Philadelphia after a 4-1 loss to the Flyers Sunday night at the Spectrum. The Penguins go back to Pittsburgh Tuesday night for Game 5 of the best-of-seven series. Coaching the Penguins puts Ubriaco in hockey's big time, all right, but "Ubie" -- that's what he was known as when he was coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League for the last five years -- doesn't seem to understand that.
February 25, 1993 |
The International Hockey League said coaches Gene Ubriaco of Atlanta and Bob Francis of Salt Lake City will have to do 100 hours of community service and pay "a significant fine" because of a fight during a game Sunday.
June 29, 1988
Gene Ubriaco was named the 11th coach in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 21-year history, succeeding Pierre Creamer, who was fired after the team had missed the National Hockey League playoffs for the sixth straight season.
October 8, 1988
Although there were more than 120 members of the media on hand at the Forum Thursday night when Wayne Gretzky made an auspicious debut as a King, that was not the case Friday night at Edmonton when the Oilers began the post-Gretzky era with an equally auspicious performance. In their first National Hockey League game without Gretzky on their roster, the Oilers skated to an easy 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
March 4, 1997 |
With the Pittsburgh Penguins slumping and Mario Lemieux's influence apparently fading in what he says will be his final season, Eddie Johnston is out again as coach, and General Manager Craig Patrick is in again as his interim replacement. The Penguins fired Johnston, whom Lemieux had pushed for the job, on Monday, and Patrick will coach the last 20 games and the playoffs. He will try to turn around a team that has lost eight of its last nine games.
December 9, 1989 |
Mario Lemieux is beginning to play the way he did last season and new Pittsburgh Coach Craig Patrick is enjoying it immensely. Lemieux, last season's NHL player of the year, and the Penguins were off to a slow start that wound up getting Coach Gene Ubriaco fired. In extending his scoring streak to 17 games, Lemieux, who scored 199 points last season, gave the Penguins a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Friday night at East Rutherford, N.J.