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Pens to unveil statue of Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux

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).

Margaret Thatcher

There are already a number of statues outside NHL arenas:

Gretzky statue

Wayne Gretzky (Rexall Place)

Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr (TD Garden)

Roger Neilson

Fans cheer as a statue honoring former Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Roger Neilson was unveiled in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday April 7, 2011. Neilson, who died in 2003 after a battle with bone cancer, took the Canucks on their surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Islanders in 1982. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


Roger Neilson (Rogers Arena)

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

Mario Lemieux