Mario Lemieux Retires!

Mario Lemieux’s retirement means Pittsburgh is now officially Sidney Crosby’s team. — The ‘Magnificent’ mantle has been passed.Sportsnet has learned Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon where it will be announced Lemieux is retiring from the game once again.

The announcement will be made at 2 p.m./ET at the Mellon Arena.

The game of hockey and its fans salute Mario and all he has done for the game, including coming back to put the Penguins in a position to stay in Pittsburg. The fans wish one of the best players and will miss his presence on the ice.

As a hockey fan I am saddened by the passing of the many greats we have seen leave the game this year, and at the same time I am excited to see the new youngsters make their mark on the hockey world.

I must say thank you to Mario for the time he spent in the league and gave us the privilege to watch his abilities displayed for us to enjoy.

107 Responses to Mario Lemieux Retires!

  1. canaan says:

    morozov would never come back to the ‘burgh. on top of his distain for the penguins organization, he loves playing in europe and thats what hes wanted for years now.

  2. OldGoalie says:

    Sorry…are you talking about the game in which Crosby had three teeth broken from a pair of high sticks from Derian “if you can’t play as well as him, hook, trip, or high stick him” Hatcher?

    Yes, Crosby does embellish at times, and yes, he will outgrow it. Recchi did exactly the same thing in his first two seasons, and nobody will remember him for just that. But to claim that particular game as evidence for Crosby diving is ridiculous.

  3. pensfanalltheway6687 says:

    Might I say that this should be a time that you look back upon the great this Mario did as a player and an ambassador to the game of hockey. This should not be a time to look back and question the city of Pittsburgh and the next leader of the team Sidney Crosby. I just have a good question for all of you, what would you or what did you say about Lemieux when he was drafted by the Pens? You most likely said that he would not stay and would become either a free agent or be traded. I think that Sidney Crosby is lucky to have Lemieux to guide him and will eventually become a great scorer and playmaker. If the Pittsburgh Penguins can obtain a new arena and more income, players will come in and help Crosby become one of if not the greatest scorer of all time. Before anyone says that Crosby should be able to do it by himself because of all of the hype Crosby has, look back at most of the top scorers in the league, they have had some superstar to help them. Crosby does not have that and hopefully eventually will.

    All I can say is thank you Mr. Lemieux for all of the memories and pretty much thank you for the penguins still in Pittsburgh. My hats are off to you. Now I wish you a happy and timeless retierement. I just wish you could have made it to 700 goals. I do not think it is fair that Lemieux is being compared to the Great One because of his disadvantages. Mario had to overcome cancer and a chronic back. For that matter is should be and could have been the Greatest of ALL TIME!

  4. pensfanalltheway6687 says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself! Crosby is now becomming underrated you dumbasses!

  5. bmac says:

    ya mario was the best. i remember growing up goin to pens games was the best. always had a few tix here and there. mario…thanks for the memories. you were the best. you did all you could for this city and team. heres hoping you have gotten thru to these moronic politicians to keep our team in pgh!


  6. PensinWpg says:

    I don’t see the point in comparing this player to that player. It does no good but rather works to diminish one player in favour of another. Certainly we can have favourites but it is all relative to whom we choose for our own reasons on being the best ever. It does not make it so because of personal opinion.

    With that said…

    Mario Lemieux was an incredible talent, he had the ability to transcend the game on his own terms to a higher level. I personally view his accomplishments, his overcoming adversity and his passion for the game of hockey as inspirational. His career should be applauded for what it is, amazing! He will remain a legend of hockey for all time and rightfully so.

    As for the comments regarding Crosby and the further comparing him Ovechkin. Both play the game of hockey with great passion and skill. Ovechkin is a thrill to watch when he scores, reminds me very much of Bure in where his talents lie and his ability to astonish. Crosby however has a much broader skill set that is evident already but will surely take a few years to fully blossom. You can compare this broader set of skills to Gretzky, Yzerman, Lemieux etc etc, the level he achieves whether it be as developed as these or other superstars mentioned remains to be seen. Both will surely be superstars for years to come as with some others. Just not reasonable to compare different players with different cir*****stances, take each player for their own merit. And both of these young men deserve that merit already so early in their respective careers.

    The Penguins whether they remain in Pittsburgh or are moved elsewhere(Winnipeg would be nifty) will be a very exciting team to watch in the years to come. Crosby, Whitney, and Ouellet are all proving what they can do and all in their rookie years as well. Fleury is showing what he will soon be as well. Malkin is pretty much a sure thing to make an impact, along with others in the AHL such as Welch and others, a top draft pick in the coming draft added to the proven veterans already present will certainly make this a talent rich team. Patience is all that is needed, nothing is certain in sports but it sure gives hope for a classy organization that has dug itself out great holes in the past to dominate and will surely be a force in the years to come.

  7. my_sphincter says:

    I hate to break it to you, but these so called star players are doing very little while Crosby is doing it all. The only reason that they have as many points as they do is because Crosby is a great playmaker. I would also like a source for your comment

    Ovechkin wasn’t as good because he was a soft Russian, or whatever.

    I don’t know anyone who has ever insinuated that. In fact, going into the year, most analysts picked Ovechkin as the favorite to win the Calder. Just because Ovechkin is good, doesn’t mean Crosby is not and vice versa. Personally, I think that at the end of the day, the two of them will be equally good.

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