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February 05, 2004
The two faces of Mario
"The fans have been very loyal to me over the years, supporting my career. They were there for some tough times, too - two back surgeries, cancer. So the relationship has only improved throughout the years. To lose hockey here would be devastating not only for the hockey side but for the city. Now we have some stability with the franchise." -NHL superstar Mario Lemieux, after buying the bankrupt Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999
"It's really up to the public sector now to come to us and say, 'We're ready to sit and talk about the arena.' The clock is ticking: 2007 is when the team could leave town, and that possibility is real." -Ken Sawyer, Lemieux's team president, 2004