Yesterday the Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled a statue of Mario Lemieux, and when you think of guys who deserve that honour, Mario definitely falls into that category. I’m not going to go through his resume because I don’t need to, he was amazing. When pictures starting creeping around twitter of the statue, at first glance I thought it was of one of Mario’s craziest goals when he split the D against the Leafs. Upon further review (and many corrections from my followers on twitter) , it was realized that it was a goal against the Islanders in 1988.
A “typical” Mario goal for sure, but I was still surprised at the choice. You also have to feel a bit bad for Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton, Mario kills them and it gets made into a statue!
There are so many other more famous Mario moments that would have made a great statue.
The goal against the North Stars in the ’91 finals (my favourite hockey goal of all time)
The ‘through the legs’ goal on Ray Bourque (although I’m sure they didn’t want to embarrass one of the greatest d-men in NHL history)
Winning goal in the 1987 Canada Cup (I know I know, no chance they do that in the States, but clearly one of his top 3 moments)
Or the safe shot of Mario with the Cup.
Got me thinking about what some present players statues would look like. Sure there is a VERY short list of players who actually deserve a statue, but that’s what blogs like this are for, to make things that will not EVER happen a reality. I’m going take the Pens route on this and ignore their most famous goals and look for something a little different. Since I was sick the day they taught sculpting in school, we will have to settle for screen shots.
If they made a statue for Alexander Ovechkin, it would look like this…
If they made a statue for former referee Kerry Fraser, it would look like this…
If they made a statue for Henrik Lundqvist it would look like this…
If they made a statue for Dion Phaneuf it would look like this…
If they made a statue for Patrick Kane it would look like this…
Got some more? post in comments
Let’s head to the links
So Brian Burke isn’t just mad at Cherry, he’s mad at MacLean too? (Pro Hockey talk)
Jeff Carter returns to the city he spent many weeks playing in (Puck Daddy)
One year ago today, the hockey world debated on the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty, Jesse Spector of The Sporting News looks at what has changed since.
Bobby Ryan is saying some things to the press that could get him into some hot water. (Anaheim Calling)
If you don’t know how to chirp on the ice, Dirty Dangle has you covered.
The Royal Half goes to a fantasy camp? Their whole life is a fantasy camp. Do nothing, fall ass backwards into money, have sex without dating and mooch food off your neighbors, now THATS a fantasy camp.
Danger is my middle name (Blueshirt Banter)
The Hockey News looks at the top 10 lines of all time
and this is just ugly