Robo Penguin. The Pigeon. Call it what you want: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ old “new” logo is coming back.
The Penguins’ 2022-23 reverse retro jerseys will feature the logo Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr wore throughout most of their 1990s run together, multiple industry sources told The Athletic. The logo, first introduced for the 1992-93 season, will appear on the front of jerseys worn by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for a yet-unspecified number of games in 2022-23.
The Penguins have not worn the logo as the main emblem on their jersey since the 2001-02 season.
The Robo Penguin was the main logo on white home jerseys for the Penguins throughout the 1990s. It also appeared on a black third jersey with a gray gradient in the late 1990s. It is popular among fans that grew up cheering for those clubs, which were the most successful in franchise history before the three-time Cup winners led by Crosby and Malkin. The logo has been divisive, though: Some elder fans of the franchise were originally skeptical of the Robo Penguin logo and new uniforms that debuted in 1992-93, and the Penguins’ failed three-peat bid in the first season in those uniforms only added to that skepticism.
Still, there has been a clamoring, especially on social media, for the Robo Penguin to return in recent years.