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Penguins unveil Mario Lemieux’s statue in Pittsburgh

Mar 7, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

This afternoon the Penguins honored their greatest player in the biggest way imaginable by unveiling “Le Magnifique,” a statue of Mario Lemieux.

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The statue stands over 10 feet tall and is made of bronze, depicting  Lemieux in his gear taking the ice. It’s positioned near the front entrance of CONSOL Energy Center, an arena that would never have been built without Lemieux purchasing the Penguins years ago, ensuring they stayed in Pittsburgh.

If you’re curious what 10 feet of bronze weighs in at, how does 4,700 pounds — over two-and-a-quarter tons — sound to you? It sounds like a creation fitting for the guy who helped bring the Penguins their first two Stanley Cups and literally saved the franchise. Lemieux’s legacy in Pittsburgh is incredible considering his playing prowess as well as what he had to fight through to keep playing. From getting over cancer to back problems, Lemieux’s career is nothing short of amazing.

Now let’s just hope Flyers and Rangers fans can restrain themselves from dressing Mario’s statue up in their team gear during the playoffs.

  1. abrienza428 - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    High temperature of 66 degrees today in Pittsburgh

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Joe, this post reads: “…depicting Lemieux in his gear taking the ice.” The too-dark photo shows more than one person, which was puzzling, so I went looking and found a more accurate description. It says the statue shows Mario breaking between two defensemen to score, based on a 1988 photo, and emblematic of how he not only did that several times on the ice, but also broke through obstacles off it, including his serious health challenges.

    • pdmjr - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Well said, statue is a fine tribute to Mario for all he has given to hockey and charitable causes in Pittsburgh. In my mind the single best athlete in Pittsburgh sports history.

  3. jaybaileys - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I only got to see Gretzky play in person once, so Mario is the greatest player I ever saw on a regular basis. He is the reason I’m a hockey fan. People in Pittsburgh have been blessed seeing some all-world talent the likes of Jagr, Crosby and Malkin, but nobody in my lifetime can even compare to 66. Bash away haters, but Lemieux is hockey to most 30 somethings who grew up in the late 80’s and 90’s in Western PA.

  4. buffalomafia - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    No doubt had great hockey skills!

    I hope they have a skirt on the statue cause he like Crosby are the biggest cry babies in hockey!!!!!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Mario was no crybaby.

  5. philly4lyfe - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    In the wise words of clubber lang: “Don’t give this sucker no statue! Give him guts!”

  6. lameasish - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    You sound like the cry baby buffalomafia. Grow up. I will give you some slack though if you do live in Buffalo, that must be tough.

  7. djamesbart - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    funny how all the negative comments come from loser franchises.

  8. buffalomafia - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Both of those Pittsburgh cry babies cry to the refs everytime someone checked them!

    • djamesbart - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Usually it takes actually achieving something (anything) for a fan base to become obnoxious. Buffalo must be an exception.

  9. buffalomafia - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Yes he was! Ask Don Cherry!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      If Don Cherry believes something then it MUST be true.

  10. buffalomafia - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Listen you schleprock! They are both crying little bit$h’s!

    They can give a hit but can’t take a hit!

    • djamesbart - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Wide right. AGAIN

  11. buffalomafia - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Your Pirates are worst pro franchise in history!

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      your city has zero national championships in all the major sports. Your opinion means nothing.

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