Healthy Lemieux stays in background, wants to keep it that way

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Darrell Sapp, Post-Gazette
Mario Lemieux shares a laugh with new general manager Ray Shero yesterday at the Igloo Club at Mellon Arena.
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Quietly and almost without notice, Mario Lemieux strode into the Igloo Club at Mellon Arena just before a news conference to introduce new Penguins general manager Ray Shero.

Lemieux stood far off to the side and watched. That's the way the Hall of Fame player and lame-duck team owner wants it.

Lemieux called Shero Wednesday night to welcome him to the franchise, but said after the news conference that he is not involving himself in the Penguins' business matters.

"Ken [Sawyer, team president and CEO] is doing all the work," Lemieux said, smiling.

Although he was occasionally around the locker room in the closing weeks of the season, Lemieux has kept a low profile and had not granted interviews since January when he announced he was retiring as a player, stepping down as CEO and stepping up the sale of the team.

Lemieux, 40, retired in part because of a heartbeat irregularity that required surgery. He said his health is good.

"I'm traveling a little bit, playing some golf, taking care of the kids," he said.

Shelly Anderson can be reached at or 412-263-1721.


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