|The new statue up close. (Kevin McGran)|
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.