Pens to unveil Lemieux statue March 7

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ST. LOUIS -- A statue of Penguins Hall of Fame center-turned-co-owner Mario Lemieux will be unveiled at noon March 7 outside Consol Energy Center along Centre Avenue. It will be called "Le Magnifique," the team divulged today .

The unveiling will be open to the public. The statue was created by bronze sculptor Bruce Wolfe . James Frederick of James Gallery in Pittsburgh's West End Village was the art consultant on the project.

"Mario Lemieux is a unique figure in the history of Pittsburgh -- a Hall of Fame athlete who went on to buy the Penguins and become the first player-owner of the modern era, and also a community-minded citizen who continues to raise millions of dollars for cancer research and neonatal research," David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Penguins, said in a prepared statement. "This statue will be an everlasting tribute to his legacy."

The statue was funded privately by the Penguins' ownership group, local labor organizations and members of the Pittsburgh business community.

The Penguins host the Toronto Maple Leafs that night at 7:30. The game will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network.

Shelly Anderson: , 412-263-1721 or on Twitter @pgshelly.


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