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Pittsburgh Penguins unveil Mario Lemieux statue (photo/video)

On a bright and sunny Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the Penguins held a ceremony outside the team’s Consol Center to officially unveil the statue which honors the world-class player who delivered two Stanley Cup championships to the city, serves as the team’s co-owner and has become one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved athletes.

Said longtime Penguins announcer, Mike Lange, during the ceremony:

“His number is retired. He bought the team. He owns the team. He is the team.

“To me, he had the grace of Michael Jordan, the toughness of Joe Montana and the knockout punch of Muhammad Ali.”

The inscription upon the statue reads as follows:

“Mario Lemieux’s career is defined not only by his spectacular talent, but also by his fierce determination and uncommon resilience; qualities that enabled him to break through adversity and overcome immense challenges both on and off the ice. Mario arrived here as a teenager from Montreal and quickly became one of our own, choosing to stay here and give back to the community. Exuding all those core attributes—loyalty, dedication, ability and compassion—that make him, above all else, a Pittsburgher.”

A stirring tribute, to be sure.

Video follows:

Via NHL.com:

During his storied career, Lemieux won three Hart Trophies, collected six scoring titles and had 1,723 points (690 goals, 1,033 assists) in 915 NHL games.

(image via @pghpenguins)