The singular image of Mario Lemieux’s greatness as a hockey player is Lemieux bursting through two defensemen en route to the goal – brilliant, determined, unstoppable. As captured in this unique sculpture, the image also is a metaphor for everything Lemieux has accomplished in his life and career, overcoming obstacles, turning back challenges, facing seemingly insurmountable odds yet somehow succeeding through talent, dedication and sheer will. After beating cancer, Lemieux turned his focus to raising money for cancer research and neo-natal research, and his efforts through the Mario Lemieux Foundation have had a far-ranging impact on our community, especially our children. Having bought the Pittsburgh Penguins out of bankruptcy, he also led the effort to turn them into a model franchise – worthy of championships but also of the no. 1 ranking in Fan Relations in all of professional sports. His relentless quest for a new arena for Pittsburgh resulted in the spectacular CONSOL Energy Center, our region’s new multi-purpose entertainment center and soon to be a magnet for 21st century development.
Pittsburgh is known for statues of its greatest sports heroes outside PNC Park and Heinz Field. It is only fitting that such a tribute to the great Lemieux be placed at the entrance to CONSOL Energy Center, saluting not just his career but his life – and his legacy for our region.
• The statue is made of bronze
• It is 10.25’ high x 13’ long x 10’ wide
• It weighs 4,700 pounds
• It took 15 months to design and construct
• Each figure was sculpted separately and then assembled
• It was transported across the country from California to Pittsburgh in February on a large drop bed truck. The trip took six days.