Mario Lemieux Statue
March 7, 2012 by staff
Mario Lemieux Statue, Mario Lemieux, a Pittsburgh sports icon and one of the NHL’s all-time greats, was memorialized permanently in a Penguins jersey Wednesday in a ceremony outside Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins unveiled “Le Magnifique,” a bronze statue that portrays Lemieux splitting two defenders on his way to the goal.
Created by sculptor Bruce Wolfe of Berkeley, Calif., the statue measures 10.25 feet tall, 13 feet long and 10 feet wide, and weighs 4,700 pounds.
The image for the statue is based on a goal Lemieux scored Dec. 20, 1988 against the New York Islanders, when he split defenseman Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton en route to scoring a goal.
“We considered a number of options, including one of Mario hoisting the Stanley Cup as a player, and one of him carrying the puck in full flight, but we decided this was the ultimate representation of what he did and who he was,” said Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse said. “On the ice, Mario powered his way past defensemen to score incredible goals. Off the ice, he overcame and broke through so many challenges.”
Lemieux is seventh all-time with 1,723 points and ninth with 690 goals. He won three Hart trophies, six Art Ross trophies and captained the Penguins to a pair of Stanley Cups. He bought the team in September 1999 and oversaw both the Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup championship as well as the construction of Consol Energy Center.
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