Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Hockey Legend - On the Other Side of the Bench


One of my twins' teams faced the Pittsburgh Junior Penguins today led by none other than hockey legend, dad, NHL owner and Sid the Kid's former landlord, Mario Lemieux. Unfortunately none of us moms brought a camera (one of the moms never leaves home without hers - she even dubbed herself the "momparazzi") to document this historic meeting. But apparently, we were all rushing to get to the rink (and making sure we had the essentials: helmet - check; jerseys - check; you know the drill) and had no idea that Super Mario would be the bench boss for the other team!

He leads a tough group of Bantam AAA players who sport the same black and gold as their namesake. While it was hard not to be a bit starstruck, our boys hung tough and played hard despite losing in a 6-3 decision.

And one of the greatest players of all time actually took the time after the game to come into our boys' locker room to congratulate them on a job well-done and signed each boy's hockey stick. What an incredible day for these kids and what a thrill to see one of hockey's greatest share his knowledge and passion with the young players!

3 comments:

Usually Frustrated Caps Fan said...

Okay - I'm a Caps Fan and have the attnendant bias against the Penguins but the fact he came and signed sticks in the opposing teams locker room is actually just too nice and too cool...

Hockey Mom said...

I'm with you - it was very cool! I might add that I was sporting my new red Capitals sweatshirt for the occasion...

TexasJan said...

Take it from a native Pittsburgher -- Mario is a class act. He is all about the game, helping kids to love it even more, and being a role model. And, by the way, Mario is still Sid's landlord this season.