Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 3/8/12

Yesterday on a near picture perfect day in Pittsburgh the city and the Penguins unveiled a statue of Penguins great and now part owner Mario Lemieux.  Lemieux is one of the biggest reason that the city has the Consol Energy Center and why we still have a hockey team.  He was one of the best to ever play the game anywhere and will always be a legend in Pittsburgh.  And now he will be forever bronzed in front of the arena he was instrumental in bringing into the city.

In his career scored 690 goals and 1,723 points. He won a lot of awards while in Pittsburgh as well:

  • 6 Art Ross Trophies
  • 4 Lester B. Pearson Awards
  • 3 Hart Trophies (MVP)
  •  2 Conn Smythe Trophies
  • 1 Calder Trophy (rookie of the year)
  • 1 Olympic Gold Medal
  • and don’t forget the 3 Stanley Cup championships – 2 as a player and 1 as an owner

He is one of the most loved sports figures in the city of Pittsburgh, a place he has called home for a lot of years.

“That’s why I decided to stay here. I love the people here,” he said. “I can go anywhere in the town and people say hello and respect my privacy, which is the most important for me. That’s why I love living here. I can go play golf and people are very respectful of my privacy and my time. That’s why I decided to stay here and live here and raise my four kids here.”

And the city of Pittsburgh loves him too, and will never forget him as he is immortalized in the city for a very long time.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Details emerge on Brady's injury: 'Right thumb bent back badly'

Roy Halladay autopsy shows he had mix of drugs in system

Report: Indians, Orioles had discussed Manny Machado trade

Report: Jets WR threatened to sexually assault cop's wife

Report: Cavs seeking trades for DeAndre Jordan, George Hill

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tom Brady has 'just a cut' near knuckle, needed stitches

NFL determines Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

Report: Todd Haley wants to be Cardinals’ offensive coordinator

Kemba Walker would be ‘devastated’ if Hornets trade him

Foles ‘wanted to retire’ after spending a year with Fisher

New study: NFL concussion protocol won’t protect players from CTE

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Top 10 X-factors for Conference Championship Games

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

15 underrated NBA players having tremendous seasons

Penguins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker