Mario Lemieux is now a statue near the arena for the Penguins

Pittsburgh – Mario Lemieux has taken great hard time to the opposing defenders during a career that took him to the Hall of Fame. One of these moments is now frozen for posterity.

Today the Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled a bronze statue honoring Lemieux 4700 books outside the Consol Energy Center.

The work entitled The Magnificent was inspired by a picture of Lemieux thwarting the opposing defense before scoring against the New York Islanders in 1988. Lemieux beat Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton before beating Kelly Hrudey with a wrist shot on a breakaway in a 5-3 Penguins.

Sculptor Bruce Wolfe has spent 15 months in the project, which was based on a photo that appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine. The statue has a height of 10 feet and a quarter.

“When there is a statue in your honor like this is something special for me, my family and fans who have followed my career,” said Lemieux shortly after the unveiling.

Many members were in attendance including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the mayor of Pittsburgh, Luke Ravenstahl, and the players of the current team of Penguins.

First overall pick in 1984, Lemieux has climbed to seventh in scoring in NHL history with 1,723 and ninth among scorers with 690. It won six times the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer of the season, and three times the Hart Trophy as MVP.

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