50th ANNIVERSARY COVERAGE

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The story of the Penguins’ 50th anniversary logo is so well known that even President Barack Obama can tell it.

When the team visited the White House in early October to be recognized for their 2016 Stanley Cup championship, Obama described the depths the franchise fell to before making a coaching change in December.

“The Pens were closer to last place than first, spirits were low, and when the team designed its 50th anniversary logo for the upcoming season, it referenced the franchise’s three Cups because no one imagined they were about to win a fourth,” Obama said.

They did win a fourth, of course, adding another chapter to the franchise’s storied history.

To commemorate the team’s 50th anniversary, staff writers Jonathan Bombulie and Bill West highlighted some of those stories — and the players who wrote them.

– WRITTEN IN THE STARS: A brief history of the Penguins at age 50

– BEST OF THE BEST: Ranking the 50 greatest players of the franchise’s first 50 years

– THROUGH THE YEARS: A look at the unsung heroes, villains, coaches and most memorable games of the three distinct eras in Penguins history — Pre-Mario, Mario and Post-Mario

– WHAT IF: Four places where the story of the Penguins could have taken a radical turn