Empire Ceases Operations

The Pittsburgh Jr Penguins regretfully announce that they will not ice an Empire Jr B team for the 2010-11 season.  With a handful of players that had been assigned to the team after the Jr B Tryouts being deserving of positions on the Jr A team combined with dwindling numbers from a few players that left the Empire team after their initial commitment, there was no choice but to cease operations.  The Jr Penguins will continue to operate their CHA Jr B team that competes throughout the Mid-Atlantic and into the New England region along with their Flagship Jr A team who compete in the Midwest.

Management reported that the Franchise was sold to an outside interest that will compete in the Empire Jr B League for the 2010-11 season.  “Seeing that the game schedule would be fulfilled was important said Kevin Morrison, Owner and Operator of the other Jr Penguin teams since 1997.  By transferring ownership to another Club who would commit to fulfill the 38-game League schedule the other operators in the League would not be adversely affected by the change in ownership.”

Morrison operated the Empire Jr B team since 2006 where the Club iced very competitive teams over the four-season span winning more that 75% of their games while compiling an impressive record of 120 wins, with just 35 losses, 10 ties and 2 overtime losses (in regular season play).  Prior to Morison taking over operations in 2006, the Jr B Penguins (Empire Team) was operated by George Kelly.

Kelly first iced his Junior team back in 1997 when he entered the Metro Junior A Hockey League . After a single season there, the league merged with the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The Penguins opted not to join and entered the more local Empire Junior B Hockey League where they had earned a place near the top of the standing for several seasons.  The Empire team’s overall record from1998 through 2005-06 season was 180-81-16-1 (68%).