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).
There are already a number of statues outside NHL arenas:
Wayne Gretzky (Rexall Place)
Bobby Orr (TD Garden)
Roger Neilson (Rogers Arena)
No word yet which pose Lemieux will be striking in the statue, but hopefully it’s this:
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger