Pens to unveil statue of Mario Lemieux

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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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