PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mario Lemieux spent his Hall-of-Fame career toying with defenders. Now one such moment has been frozen in time.
The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled a 4,700-pound bronze statue honoring Lemieux outside Consol Energy Center on Wednesday. The statue depicts Lemieux splitting a pair of defensemen on his way to scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in 1988.
Sculptor Bruce Wolfe spent 15 months on the project, which is based on a picture that ran in Sports Illustrated. Lemieux called it a "special day" during a brief ceremony.
Lemieux said he has a copy of the picture the sculpture is based on at home. He called it a "perfect" shot to capture the essence of his career.