Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Lemieux to Close Final Chapter in Career

Mario Lemieux could conquer a lot of things on the ice, but it finally took atrial fibrillation to humble the man who many Pittsburghers believed could do almost anything with a flair of immortality. But the sad reminder that Lemieux is indeed human will come to us at 2pm Eastern time today.

Lemieux who spent his entire career with one team in an era of free agency could have gone for the big money and could have also chosen to take his family back to Montreal and be featured in his native land for le Bleu-Blanc-et-Rouge. However, what fans have witnessed now is how one man can be beloved so much by a city and in a final chapter the city will give back for a super legacy.

He had these stirring comments at the press conference
"I have so many great memories, especially the Stanley Cups, and I want to thank the fans in Pittsburgh, and hockey fans everywhere, for the support they've given to me and my family over the years. It's been an unbelievable ride. And I really do believe this team has a great future here in Pittsburgh. I'm looking forward to watching these young players grow and develop into a championship team."

[Via: NHL.com]
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