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Tuesday, 01.24.2006 / 1:03 PM MT / News
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"It's always a tough situation when a great player has to retire. Mario's meant so much to not only the National Hockey League, but to the city of Pittsburgh and the Penguins franchise. The good news is we've got some good, young players like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin coming along, so I'm sure they'll carry the torch. But you don't replace players like Mario Lemieux.

"Mario's a great hockey player and a good person. He's meant so much to the game and done so many great things. He had tremendous reach; he was a big, strong man; he played with intelligence; and he had incredibly soft hands. He also had tremendous grace.  The game will miss him. I'm sure he'll stick around in a capacity that he'll still be involved in the game for a long time." is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LP. NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2015 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact us | Site Map