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Pens to unveil statue of Mario Lemieux

Jan 24, 2012, 3:26 PM EST

The Pittsburgh Penguins will unveil a statue of Mario Lemieux outside the CONSOL Energy Center on March 7, the team announced today.

“Mario Lemieux is a unique figure in the history of Pittsburgh – a Hall of Fame athlete who went on to buy the Penguins and become the first player-owner of the modern era, and also a community-minded citizen who continues to raise millions of dollars for cancer research and neonatal research,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Penguins. “This statue will be an everlasting tribute to his legacy.”

The bronze figure of Lemieux was created by Bruce Wolfe, the sculptor behind the following statue of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sitting in a chair while pondering another coalminers strike (probably).

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There are already a number of statues outside NHL arenas:

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Wayne Gretzky (Rexall Place)

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Bobby Orr (TD Garden)

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Roger Neilson (Rogers Arena)

No word yet which pose Lemieux will be striking in the statue, but hopefully it’s this:

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  1. letangshair - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    It’s gonna look like a god damn boss.

  2. abrienza428 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    My guess would be raising the Cup, or splitting the Minnesota defenders.

    Other (less likely, I think) possibilities:
    His celebration stance after scoring in his comeback game.
    Scoring with Bourque draped on his back.
    Scoring against Chicago in Game 1 of the 92 finals.

    • florida76 - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      How about the New Jersey game when Mario became the only player in NHL history to score five different ways in a game!

  3. lsxphotog - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Well-deserved. Lemieux is arguably the greatest talent to play the game.

    How could you forget the new statue of Espo outside the Ice Palace – I mean the St. Pete Time Forum – I mean the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

  4. fthepens - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    He was a great player, but with that said, maybe it will be with him holding Cindy’s hand.

    • abrienza428 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Probably not

  5. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    y now that crybaby career is over they will prob move to Kansas like before….fairweather fake fans

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Once again grammar fails the citizens of Philthadelphia

  6. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    its a statue of him getting on a bus to kansas

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Once again Philthadelphia school district strikes again.
      It was Kansas City which is in Missouri.
      And I am pretty sure you couldn’t point out on a map if it had a pin stuck in the location.

  7. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    its goin to be him and cindy spooning together with all of shittsburg at the foot of the bed

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      No wonder they call you Baltimorons

  8. kennypowersmfceo - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Black sabbath sucks

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      You are probably a Slipknot fan or something equally shitty as that

      • farvefromover - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        How come you chime in after someone makes a statement? Why no main statement or your own?

  9. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Why do you care?

  10. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Here’s a statement just you: Farve Sucks

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Let me fix that for you: Favre Sucks

  11. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    they shuld have a statue of eric lindros’s head between lemieuxs legs. sums up what the pens have been doing to philthadelphia for decades. you poor scum…

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