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Mario Lemieux | Center

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (52) / 10/5/1965
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Drafted: 1984 / Rd. 1 (1) / PIT

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Since becoming owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999, former superstar player Mario Lemieux has won three Stanley Cup championships.
The third happened on Sunday night, when the Pens beat the Predators 2-0 in Nashville to win the 2016-17 Stanley Cup. The first two were in 2009 and last season. The Pens on Sunday became the first back-to-back champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. "It's a challenge every year," Lemieux said. "(General manager) Jimmy Rutherford's got to go out every year and make sure we're under the (salary) cap and we get some new young guys that can play for less than some of the veterans that we would like to have. The franchise has done a great job in drafting over the years and bringing in these young guys like Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust and these young guys come up and help us win a couple of Cups in a row." Mon, Jun 12, 2017 10:33:00 PM

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The Battle of Pennsylvania will add a new chapter to their illustrious history in 2017, it's just a matter of format.

Scott Burnside notes that while "pans for next year’s Winter Classic remain fluid," Pittsburgh versus Philadelphia in an outdoor venue is a "virtual lock." As it stands now, likely venues are for a match at Heinz Field which is home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. Problem is that if the NHL wants this game as their Winter Classic, the Steelers aren't inclined to budge on forfeiting home field on the last day of the regular season. They're also reticent to potentially ruin their field for a Wild Card playoff game the following week. There's also talk of playing the game at Penn State University, but "the financial demands" appear to rich. Whether they play as the Winter Classic match or as part of the Stadium Series, these two bitter rivals appear set to create history for themselves.
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 09:17:00 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux are denying that there is a rift between them.

A recent New York Post article suggested Burkle and Lemieux were at odds over the potential sale price of the squad and the Penguins had consequently been taken off the market. "There is no disagreement between us, and we remain completely aligned in both approach and philosophy," Burkle and Lemieux said in a joint statement. "We continue to explore all of our strategic options, including a possible sale. There is not, and has never been, an established price for the team, and we are still in conversations with potential buyers." It's been known since June that the Penguins' ownership is exploring the possibility of selling the franchise.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 11:36:00 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux are reportedly thinking about selling part or even their entire stake in the franchise.

They've hired Morgan Stanley to aide in that situation. This doesn't necessarily mean they actually will sell the franchise, they might simply be exploring their options, but it would be a huge surprise to see Lemieux part ways with the Penguins. Oddly enough though, it sounds like Lemieux is more open to selling than Burkle. We'll have to wait and see if anything comes of this.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 06:47:00 PM

A statue of Mario Lemieux was unveiled at the Trib Total Media Gate at the Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

The statue displays a goal Lemieux scored on Dec. 20, 1988 against the New York Islanders when he split through defensemen Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton before putting the puck by goaltender Kelly Hrudey on a breakaway. The Pittsburgh superstar is second all time in points per game at 1.88 after he amassed 1,723 in 915 career regular-season contests.
Wed, Mar 7, 2012 02:18:00 PM

Mario Lemieux spoke out against the NHL for their handling of Friday's fight-filled contest between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders.

Here is what the Pens' co-owner had to say through a statement: "Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. But what happened Friday night on Long Island wasn't hockey. It was a travesty. It was painful to watch the game I love turn into a sideshow like that. The NHL had a chance to send a clear and strong message that those kinds of actions are unacceptable and embarrassing to the sport. It failed. We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. We must make it clear that those kinds of actions will not be tolerated and will be met with meaningful disciplinary action. If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it." The two teams amassed 346 penalty minutes and three suspensions in the match. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell also fined the Islanders $100,000.
Mon, Feb 14, 2011 08:57:00 AM

Mario Lemieux will receive the Order of Canada in a ceremony in Ottawa on Friday.

The Order of Canada recognizes achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. He will be the third hockey player to receive the honor, joining the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Willie O'Ree.
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 04:59:00 PM

Mark Cuban and Dan Marino have joined with a New York financier to attempt to purchase the Penguins.

The group of prospective Penguins owners is headed by Andrew Murstein, the president of Medallion Financial Corp., a company that finances New York City taxicab medallions and originates consumer loans for recreational vehicles. Also included are principals in Pittsburgh-based Walnut Capital, a real estate management and development company. Adding Cuban and Marino is expected to strengthen the group's estimated $150 million bid not only financially but perception-wise. Neither Cuban nor Marino have any interest in moving the Penguins from Pittsburgh -- Cuban has made it a condition of his participation -- even though the team has yet to land a deal to build an arena to replace 45-year-old Mellon Arena. If this goes through, it would be interesting to say the least.
Tue, Jun 27, 2006 10:33:00 PM

Mario Lemieux has officially retired.

Magnificent Mario retires with a grand total of 690 goals and 1033 assists, making him one of the all-time greats of hockey. He retired in 1997 and returned to the game after entering the Hockey Hall of Fame. His return in December of 2000 gave hockey a big boost as he scored 35 goals and added 41 assists in only 43 games. His coming out of retirement, Mario faced injuries again, never playing more than 67 games in a season. In 2002/03 when he did get into 67 games he scored 91 points, an amazing feat in the tight-checking NHL. Health problems hindered him throughout his career and we only wish the best for Mario and his family in retirement.
Tue, Jan 24, 2006 02:40:00 PM

The Fan 590 in Toronto is reporting that Mario Lemieux will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce his retirement.

As soon as more details are available we will pass them on to you. We hope that this decision was made not because his heart condition has worsened or can't be treated. Stay tuned.
Source: FAN 590
Tue, Jan 24, 2006 09:44:00 AM

The good news is that Mario Lemieux continues to practice with the Penguins and looks good doing it.

The bad news is that there is still no timetable for his return to action as he attempts to recover from a heart condition. Keep The Magnificent One on reserve until further notice.
Thu, Jan 19, 2006 07:24:00 AM

Mario Lemieux skated with the rest of the Penguins players yesterday for the first time since December 16th.

Lemieux, who is on medication to control an irregular heartbeat, was clearly not in game shape and there are no plans for him to return to the Penguin lineup. On the positive side, it seems as if doctors have finally settled on the proper dosage of medication needed to control Lemieux's condition. Don't look for the Magnificent One to return to game action before the end of the month.
Tue, Jan 10, 2006 07:47:00 AM

Penguins captain Mario Lemieux had an off-ice workout while his teammates were going through their morning skate yesterday.

There is still not timetable for Lemieux's return to action as doctors are still trying to settle on a proper dosage of heart medication for the Magnificent One.
Sun, Jan 8, 2006 11:36:00 AM

There is still not timetable for Mario Lemiuex's return to action.

Doctors are still trying to find the right dose of medication to combat Lemieux's atrial fibrillation. It is not even clear if Lemieux is currently skating. One thing is certain. The Magnificent One will not be playing hockey for at least another week or two.
Wed, Jan 4, 2006 11:10:00 AM

Pittsburgh GM Craig Patrick said there still is no timetable for Mario Lemieux's return.

The Hall of Fame forward and team owner is out of the lineup because of an irregular heartbeat condition called atrial fibrillation. "He's working out, and he's hoping to skate sometime soon," Patrick said. Needless to say, keep Lemieux on reserve until further notice.
Sun, Jan 1, 2006 09:57:00 AM

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