Our friends over at FOCO just released a new Mario Lemieux retrospective bobblehead. They made only 72 (why not 66?), and it shows Lemieux in an action pose, atop a Penguins-themed base. The bobble is numbered out of 72, stands seven inches tall, and retails for $70.
I know many of our readers enjoy these and have bought the others in the Penguins series. No, FOCO doesn’t pay PHN for these stories, but they give us one of the bobbleheads for our YouTube studio.
Of course, Lemieux is the fish that saved Pittsburgh, not once but twice. First, he saved the franchise when he was drafted in 1984. Hockey was on its way out of Pittsburgh, and the organization had lost its way. Then he famously assembled a group to buy the team out of bankruptcy.
He is still a small minority owner of the franchise, despite selling to FSG in November 2021. However, according to Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden, he’s currently at odds with the organization over its handling of a lawsuit by former minority owners against Lemieux and partner Ron Burkle for selling the team.
Lemieux was at a Penguins game during the annual Lemieux Fantasy Camp in March but asked not to be shown on the scoreboard video screen.
FSG co-head Dave Beeston and Penguins president of business operations Kevin Acklin invited Lemieux to be present last week when the pair met the media following the terminations of GM Ron Hextall and president of hockey operations Brian Burke.