Fans Weigh In On Mario’s Statement

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Friday night’s fights on Long Island between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders is still causing quite a stir.

Sunday afternoon, Mario Lemieux lashed out against the NHL in a strong statement where he called the brawl unacceptable and embarrassing.

The Hall of Famer even said he is rethinking whether he should continue to be involved with the NHL.

The game did little to weaken stereotypes that see the sport as nothing more than a display of thuggery and wanton violence. The game saw fights, cheap shots, ejections and 346 penalty minutes.

“It was way out of control. The refs had no control over that game whatsoever,” Jack Morgan said.

Perhaps it comes as little suprise that the greatest Penguin of all-time is steaming.

In as reserved as Mario’s always been. I’m surprised he spoke up so quickly. Not so much the harshness, but so quickly,” George Lechman said.

In a blistering, pointed statement, the Penquins’ co-owner and all-time leading scorer, called the game painful to watch, a side show and the league’s punishment of the Islanders was unacceptable and embarrasing.

Lemieux even stated, “If the events relates to Friday are the state of the league. I need to rethink weather I want to be a part of it.”

“I don’t think he would ever do that, but he needs to call attention to what happened in that game,” Morgan said.

While the wrath of Lemieux may be directed at the NHL’s the front office, one season ticket holder said the Pens haven’t been skating choir boys.

“I think the Penguins are a little bit to blame about this because [they] lead the league in penalty minutes, way up there in fighting majors and then all of a sudden, everybody’s after them,” Lechman said.

What about the threat by Lemieux to skate away from hockey? If it the real deal or a verbal deke?

Regardless, when Lemieux talks, the hockey world listens.

“I think he’s just wearing his emotions on his sleeve. I think that’ll pass, but I think his impact is enormous. Just like he did in the 90s, when he changed the face of the game, I have a feeling it’s going to happen again,” Lechman said.

The NHL is not making any comments and said they respect Lemieux’s right to say what he wants to say.

However, what transpired on Friday is having a direct impact on local hockey around the state of Pennsylvania.

The governing body of high school hockey issued a special statement Monday. It said, if any of its players, at any level, choose to emulate what they saw on Friday night when it comes to behavior, cheap hits or fights, extra disciplinary action will be taken above and beyond the normal protocol.

They want to make it clear to the players that what they saw on Friday night, was not hockey.

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  1. FixPGH says:

    Islanders wanted revenge on what happened to DiPietro. Why, I don’t know, because he kind of sucked as a goaltender but whatevs, he was a part of their team.They picked out certain Penguins players and blindsided them with unnecessary hits. The Pens shouldn’t have fought back but what else are you going to do? They had every reason to fight back. Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend because while fighting can be entertaining, we want to watch a GAME. Fighting just prolongs stuff and makes things messy.

    1. Anvil says:

      It definitely was “headhunting” on the Pens. Apparently winning the game 9-3 was not enough retribution for the Islanders, to which they targeted certain players initially, but grew to taking out whomever was on the ice.

      I completely support Mario in his statement, because this was utterly ridiculous and showed a complete lack of sportsmanship and professionalism. The NHL did not punish all the players who were involved. What is worse is that Godard received the worst punishment, which is automatic, simply for defending his goaltender, when another player targeted Johnson just after fighting Talbot and was supposed to be going to the penalty box.

      I largely blame the refs and linesmen for their poor ability to handle this game, only allowing matters to get worse as the game progressed. The NHL obviously did not do enough on their part either since the punishments were not commensurate with the actions that ensued.

  2. Denny says:

    The fighting is why I don’t watch hockey anymore.

    1. FixPGH says:

      Uh, they acutally fight A LOT less than in the old days. NOW would be the time to watch it (except for last Friday). What do you watch football because there is no fighting? I’d rather watch players fight once in a while than have the team representing my city rape women and get in trouble for hurting animals or getting DUI’s.

    2. Harry says:

      uh apparently you have never watched hockey, they have been fighting forever

  3. JAUN says:

    MARIO, I LOVE YA BUT, UNTIL MATT COOKE IS NOT A PEN DONT LASH OUT AT THE NHL.

    1. Anvil says:

      What does Matt Cooke have to do with this situation? He wasn’t a part of this debacle. This is about holding all players involved accountable, to which the NHL did not do. There were at least 2 other Islanders players who were not punished in any way, though they were directly involved in the headhunting affair that replaced an NHL game.

      Last time I checked, Cooke is suspended for 4 games, although I think it was excessive for the actual hit. Cooke is nowhere near as dirty as the actions that occurred Friday night, even he would know where to draw the line.

    2. Glenn Donaldson says:

      not a pen wat the hell is ur problem hes a good player that gets bad mouthed

    3. juan hates hockey says:

      Juan, You know nothing about hockey! Cooke’s job is an agitator, he gets under his opponents skin and throws that person off their game or in the pentalty box for retaliation.

      1. Ryan S. says:

        Yes, that and the occasional cheap shot elbow to the head.

  4. Tim says:

    The punishments handed out were a joke! $40,000 to a player is like $1.00 to me. WOW – way to make a statement Campbell!

    1. Anvil says:

      Apparently you don’t know how much those players fined actually make.
      In fact, 40,000 is close to 10% of their salary.

      I’d say that anyone giving up about 10% of their salary to a fine is making a statement.

      The problem is that not enough of the Islanders players involved were punished.

  5. fixem says:

    Wow Tim, so you only work for $50 per year? That is what $40K represents in a $2 mil salary.

  6. will g says:

    hockey will never be main stream as long as this garbage continues. i gave up on when i got a little older because i never seen any other league care less about thier players.

    1. FixPGH says:

      There is a lot less fighting now, with the exception of that last game. Sure, they fight every once in a while, but it’s a lot more entertaining than football!

      Tweet! Hut Hut! ::throw:: ::fall:: Tweet! ::Stand around for 10 minutes, reset::
      BORING.

    2. Harry says:

      and your still not old enough to understand

  7. Brother Rhaan Wilkes says:

    The behavior of the fans ought to be called into question as well. When I attended games at the Igloo as new fan of the sport, the attrocious mannersims of the fans moved me to forgo it altogether.

    1. FixPGH says:

      And when you go to a football game there are people tailgating for hours, drunk and swearing and being dbags, what’s your point?

  8. Debbie says:

    That game was out of hand even in the first period. The refs should had stop the game and confronted the coaches. I agree with Mario when he said this was a sideshow. I turned it off and i the love to watch Hockey but that was not hockey that was a team that was on a mission and show no respect to the game.

  9. uncle T says:

    are marios boys that innocent? Forget Cooke, you have Gino`s kicking, Sid`s many sloo feets,how about the pims from his angelic boys this season. I sure didn`t here him screaming about any of these maters, and before anyone of you crybaby supporters justify a slew foot, take a look at the medical evidence.I would sooner listen to an Andrew Farence or Mark Rechi than I guy who everytime he fought as a player, was jumping someone from behind. Go ahead and leave the game 66, then we as hockey fans will have one less hipocrit to listen to. From the cheap seats.

    1. uncle t... time for your nap says:

      Quit crying uncle t! you are like a little baby… get a life u big baby.

    2. FixPGH says:

      Dude, what are you even saying? You make no sense and can’t spell.

  10. I don't even like the Islanders says:

    Deal with it Lemieux. Your team got punished in every aspect of that game. Take the loss the way every other owner takes a loss, sit in your little box and shut up. The league doesn’t need to re-evaluate they way they handle business. The Penguin Organization need to re-evaluate how they handle a crushing defeat. No one ever complains when the Pens are beating on people, but when they get dominated everyone has a problem. YOU LOSE 9-3. Move on.

    1. FixPGH says:

      Lemieux is disugsted with how the players on both sides acted, how the coaches and refs didn’t try to control it, and how not everyone that should have been punished, was punished. How is stating those things him crying that they lost that night? Get a clue. The Islanders, who were up what, 6-0? Started all those fights, Usually the losing team are the ones that will start them but in this case, the Pens kept their dignity until they couldn’t anymore because of the Islanders dishing out blindsided hits and attacking players for no reason. Educate yourself before running your mouth.

  11. uncle T says:

    Talbot speering Osgoode, Ruutu on Kovalchuck, No Mario, does the truth hurt that much that? Is that the best response you guys have got? Folks check out youtube for even more proof of super Mario`s hipocrasy. I am ashamed that he still calls Canada home. Instead of calling out the NHL, why doesn`t he call himself out. This wasn`t the only time these two teams have had problems in resent history, in fact it isn`t the only team that the pens have had problems like this with. I do not condone the actions of the Islanders, nor do I even like the team, but those in glass houses should keep quiet or buy shares in windex. From the cheap seats

  12. FRANK GEYER says:

    PEOPLE THAT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE PENS OR ANY OTHER PITTSBURGH FRANCHISE SHOULD LOOK @ OTHER TEAMS THAT ARE WAY OFF THAN THE PENS. I DON’T SEE AN ISSUE WITH ANYTHING THAT MARIO SAID, BUT I DO SEE A PROBLEM WITH PLAYERS LIKE AVERY THAT HEADHUNT CERTAIN PLAYERS JUST FOR THAT PURPOSE AND NOTHING WAS SAID. I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE PENS SINCE THEY DRAFTED MARIO AND HE IS THE SAME TYPE OF PERSON NOW AS AN OWNER AS HE WAS AS A PLAYER. HE’S DONE A LOT FOR THE LEAGUE SINCE HE’S BEEN IN IT AND HE HAS HAD A LOT OF RULES CHANGED AS WELL AS ADDED. SO PEOPLE NEED TO LOOK AT OTHER TEAMS A LOT HARDER THAN THEY DO THE PENS. LETS GO PENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. My eyes are deaf now. says:

      Stop Yelling.

  13. joe says:

    The pittsburgh penguins are a first class organization and to say that they lead the league in fighting penalty minutes is just stupid! When you have players like Crosby and Malkin on your team other players are going to target them and you have to have people on the team that will stand up for them. some people dont understand the game at all. If you look at the fights this year there was not really anything like friday nights fights… and as far as cooke, he is a great player and it is part of his job last time i checked he wasnt skating up behind players and sucker punching them in the temple…

  14. Bob Lozano says:

    I hope Lemieux stops with his comments he sounds like a girl.

  15. goon says:

    Uncle T your a mouron…..Mario Lemiex and Wayne Gretzky are the two biggest names in hockey history, You reasly need to get a grip, Mario hardly ever speeks out, he had every right to state an oppion….Why don’t you watch professional bowling or something…the NHL just doesn’t need fans like you!

    1. facepalm says:

      “Uncle T your a mouron” Oh, the irony is killing me.

  16. Theresa says:

    Your a little girl have some respect you idiot!!!!!!

    1. Bob Lozano says:

      Have another twinkie

  17. rick says:

    bottom line here. when the NHL did nothing to the capitals guy and the other guy who hit Crosby, this is what you get. Way to go Mario. his frustration has been building up since the Crosby concussion. This league is nothing but garbage. we love it because we have the PENS. but nation wide, hockey will always be an afterthought because of the way the higher ups run the league. it is what it is. it is not a popular sport outside of the niche cities nationwide.

    1. Bob Lozano says:

      In other words, Lemucks is whining.

      1. Frank Geyer says:

        bob you’re an idiot…why is mario whining? because of people like you who backs and supports the “goons” in the nhl. i think anyone who doesn’t look @ the league for what it is a moron! everyone needs to do their research and then and only then do they have a reason to complain.

    2. PENS fan says:

      well said Rick

  18. PENS fan says:

    i love the hockey fights as they are part of the game. but what the islanders did is just about as rediculous as it gets and if it were up to me the fines and penalties would ahve been much higher. I agree with what Mario said, He has lived through it. GO MARIO! i wish people would leave Cooke alone. Every team has players like him and we obviously need players like him.

  19. Nitrojunkie says:

    Go Pens
    And take the Steelers with you

    1. Frank Geyer says:

      go back to inhaling nitro nitwit!

  20. rick says:

    think about this mario bashers. the islanders brought those 2 guys up from the minor leagues for 1 reason. to do what they did. do you think the islanders care one bit those guys were suspended? they were going back down after the game anyhow. THATS HOW STUPID AND INCOMPETENT THIS LEAGUE IS. to suspend guys who were not going to play anyhow after that game. Ya, we handles this correctly. give me a break

  21. Nitrojunkie says:

    Hey Einstein, OOOPS I mean Rick, if you’re going to state an opinion fine, but if you want to state facts try to do it accurately. Haley was not called up for this game because I watched him play last Sunday against Buffalo and Trevor Gillies has been with the Islanders for most of the year (32 games) and if he was called up recently it was at least 4 games ago. If you’re going to suspend players for a Deliberate Attempt to Injure, then do away with 5 minute fighting majors and throw the players involved in a fight out of the game. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen guys drop the gloves with the intention of not trying to hurt one another.

  22. RICK says:

    hey Bozo. Haley was called up from bridgetport on thurday for fridays game. LOOK IT UP THEN ARGUE WITH THE FACTS

  23. educatedproofer says:

    I can’t even finish reading this article with the number of grammatical & spelling errors it contains. Hire a proofreader!

  24. Niall says:

    Everybody get a grip. Did Mario say that the Pens weren’t at all part of the problem? No. He simply stated that the NHL didn’t do a good enough job of punishing the players involved on Friday night to make sure it never happens again. And if I hear somebody say “Matt Cooke” one more time, my head is going to explode like the guy from Scanners. Cooke plays a tough brand of hockey, on the edge, much like the revered Ulf Samuelsson. Nobody around here whined when he cheap shotted Cam Neely and blew out his knee. Is cheap shotted even a word? Whatever. Point is, Mario is right. We don’t want the game devolving into a ‘Slap Shot’ style line brawl every time some talentless team full of hacks feels wronged. By the way, seriously with that haircut, Trevor Gillies? Dude looks like Ivan Drago.

  25. Bob Lozano says:

    Hello to the unedukated in Pittsburgh, Ms. Lemieux made a very broad statement. So lets not defend her comments like you know what she had to say.

    1. Niall says:

      We actually know EXACTLY what he had to say. We can read. Thank you, come again

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