Lemieux still committed to keeping Pens in Pittsburgh

Updated: July 26, 2006, 10:48 AM ET
Associated Press

UNIONVILLE, Ontario -- Mario Lemieux wants the next owner of the Penguins to keep the team in Pittsburgh.

The former NHL superstar and Penguins part-owner said he remains committed to finding an owner that would keep the team in the city where it won two Stanley Cups.

"It's where the team belongs," Lemieux said at the Bell Celebrity Classic golf tournament.

Samuel Fingold, a real estate developer from Hartford, Conn., is believed to be the leading candidate. Fingold has ties to Kansas City, which is seeking an NHL or NBA team for its new arena.

Another potential suitor, Boston-area businessman Lawrence Gottesdiener, has expressed interest in moving the team to Hartford.

"[Moving] is always possible, but I think the priority is keeping [the team] where it is," Lemieux said.

Asked about reports that a group led by Mark Cuban and Dan Marino had pulled out, Lemieux replied: "I think they are still in the running."

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