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Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:52 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 1:14 pm
 
The new statue up close. (Kevin McGran)

By Brian Stubits

The Pittsburgh Penguins honored one of the all-time greats and the multi-time savior of their franchise on Thursday, unveiling a statue of Le Magnifique, Mario Lemieux.

The ceremoney, held on a warm, 66-degree day (so perfect) in Pittsburgh was attended by a large amount of Penguins fans who came to not only honor Lemieux as a great player, but thank him for saving the franchise on multiple occassions.

The statue depicts Lemieux splitting a pair of defenders on the ice on his way to a breakaway goal.

"I'm very happy [with the statue]. We went through hundreds of pictures that they showed me and this is the one we picked," Lemieux told Root Sports. "It really illustrates my life off the ice and my life on the ice. I was known in the late 80s, early 90s to break away from people at center ice and this is the perfect statue to illustrate that."

It's an interesting choice, I thought you might see something more of him celebrating or hoisting the Stanley Cup, some thing that makes him the focal point.

But it certainly does represent classic Lemieux, so there's that.

Here is video of the play that they used for the statue.

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Comments

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

ohhh snap! they be hatin on the truth again! 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

Pengos don't even know who the majority owner of their team is ?!?!



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

Sisterray with his/her obligitory Pittsburgh bashing. Do you have that line cut and pasted? You only used it about 100 times. Now run along to the steeler boards and bash Big Ben awhile


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Sister Ray is just monolguing again.



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

I will be taking my family to worship at this statue every Sunday morning.  God may not exist, but Mario is real.  He is as close as it gets to an almighty being.  I worship you, Mario.  



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

Capitals fans sightings? I heard you guys passed the spotted owl on the endangered species list.

Sisterray with his/her obligitory Pittsburgh bashing. Do you have that line cut and pasted? You only used it about 100 times. Now run along to the steeler boards and bash Big Ben awhile.

Happy Mario Lemieux day everyone.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:41 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

I was under the impression Mario was the majority owner of the Penguins

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Ron Burkle is the big money guy, I don't know where you get your information    
 



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

i just think the GM of the Devils should be in that statue somehow... you know, since they didn't stoop as low as Pitt did openly tanking the season to draft Mario.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

I was under the impression Mario was the majority owner of the Penguins.  He was apparently so against it, that his ownership board is paying for the statue, as well as setting it up right in front of the stadium.  Mario's such a humble guy, fighting tooth-and-nail against reluctantly agreeing to accept the statue.  It shows a distinct lack of class to do this now, and is completely out of keeping with the other honorable teams in Pittsburgh.
I don't like this statue.  I'm going to the game tonight so hopefully it looks better in person.  I wonder how Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton feel about being in this statue.
There wasn't one "signature" Mario pose, like Roger Neilson in Vancouver or Bobby Orr in Boston.  Not necessarily a bad thing.  The statue itself looks okay.  It's the phony of an owner who put it up that deserves the criticism.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

It only took Ron Burkle and the other high ups in the Penguins orginization 6 attempts to get Mario to OK the statue.  And on the last attempt they told him they were doing it with his blessing or not so Mario decided he should have some say in it.  

I don't like this statue.  I'm going to the game tonight so hopefully it looks better in person.  I wonder how Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton feel about being in this statue.


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