Blog Entry

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.

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:57 am
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

All the great things Lemieux did in his career and they put a statue of him by two guys bent over. Come on Pittsburgh he's one of the greatest ever and this is coming from a Wings fan. This play wasn't really that great either, they could make statue of the dude who made the pass. What a pass!



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:01 am
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statuethat

I am offering an award to anyone who removes that ugly, stupid statue that can only be described as "Lemieux between two a$$es."  I mean, c'mon, is the "artist" a Flyers fan?  The statue is hideous and embarrassing to say the least.



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:29 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

So he had his team fund a statue of himself?  That's a pretty healthy ego....




Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:28 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

WOW of all the highlights they could have used as a model, they pick one where Mario looks like he is coming out of Nortons aZZ...OMG. Horrible. No wonder Mario wasn't happy. Going Friday, maybe it will look better in person...(doubt it) 



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

oh i liked watching him play.

doesn't take away the fact that the pens lowered their standards and openly admitted tanking the season to steal him from the lowly devils that suffered for decades after.  



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:38 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

Misterfamous, the fountain of misinformation, but hey what do you expect from a Craps fan?



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

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

So uhh, what pose would Mario and Jagr be in?

LOL @ Burgh boy not knowing who the owner of the Pens is!



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

All I wanna know is "why has it taken so long for them to honor Lemieux with a statue??" This is a move by the organization that has been long over-due for quite some time. He as well as Jagr should have had a statue of each other well after their playing days were over.....well at least for Lemieux not that Jagr has returned to the NHL as a member of the Flyers.CoolCoolCool



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

Can't for the life of me figure out what the Washington fans have against Lemieux. He was one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) players in NHL history. His playing days are long over and he really did save the Penguins at least two times. He also led his team to the Stanley Cup. This is how all great players are judged. Did he help his team win a championship or not. He not only led the Pens to the promised land as a player, but also as part-owner drafted Sid Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and helped them and the Pens to win another Cup. How many other teams' owners would take a young player into his own house and arrange for another young player to live with a fellow countryman (Sergei Gonchar) in order to let them grow up and mature into good young men and great hockey players ?

Mario did all of the above and it shows on the ice when the Pens play. Ask the players if they like playing in the Burgh. Seems to have done quite a few of them well. Malkin has grown into a great player, no longer playing in the shadow of Sid. Reminds you a little of a young Jaromir Jagr. I guess fans of some teams don't get it. They are too used to watching selfish arrogant "me" players, who like to pad their stats, but will never win a championship. It's a team sport. That is something that Mario Lemieux has always understood and it's the reason that Pittsburgh loves him and is honoring him today.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Penguins honor Mario Lemieux with statue

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


============================


Ron Burkle is, seems you don't there Crapital fan.     &
nbsp;


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com