Sid the Kid and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins proved doubters seriously wrong when they hoisted up the 2009 Stanley Cup. Read how they fought their way to the top despite being ranked as heavy underdogs.
Comeback Kids: The Penguins Return to Glory and Win the 2009 Stanley Cup (Triumph Books) details the team’s journey through the chaotic 2009 season and their ultimate playoff triumph. After a rocky start and a mid-season down spiral, the team hired head coach Dan Bylsma to right the ship. Throughout the book, players and coaches sprinkle their thoughts about team morale and how they successfully survived every turn of events. Each playoff series is thoroughly documented with stats, photos and comments from members of the Penguin franchise.
Since the 2010 Pens have clinched a first-round playoff spot, Pittsburgh fans are hoping for a repeat (and perhaps a second book from Triumph). But then again, several teams are looking to dethrone the reigning champs.
STACK’s Take: I’ll be honest; I’m not a Pittsburgh fan. But the way they bounced back after nearly falling apart is astonishing, and every hockey fan can respect and appreciate the turnaround. You don’t have to like it, but you’ve got to give the Penguins credit for winning the Cup.