By Ross Guidotti

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A statue honoring arguably the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of skates will be unveiled Monday afternoon.

“Le Magnifique” will be unveiled outside of CONSOL Energy Center during a ceremony at noon.

The event is open to the public and fans began arriving around 4 a.m. to stake out their spots to catch a glimpse of Mario Lemieux and the statue.

Root Sports will be broadcasting the entire event, while Canadian media outlets TSN and CBC will also be in town for the unveiling.

Given his talent on the ice, it’s hard to argue that Lemieux doesn’t deserve a statue.

In 915 career regular season games, Lemieux amassed 690 goals and 1033 assists. His 1,723 points currently rank seventh all-time in the National Hockey League.

It’s also worth noting that Lemieux missed 513 regular season games during the course of his career and was still able to put up those incredible numbers.

Lemieux was a special teams wizard with 236 career power play goals and 49 shorthanded goals.

He also helped to lead the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup wins in 1991 and 1992.

In 107 career playoff games, Lemieux racked up 76 goals and 96 assists and had a total of 11 game-winning goals.

During the 1991 Cup run, Lemieux had 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 23 games. During the 1992 Cup run, he put up 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in just 15 games.

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