Austin Lemieux More Than a Famous Last Name

Son of Pens owner trying to pave his own path

Josh Rowntree
June 29, 2018 - 11:42 am
Austin Lemieux skates at the Penguins development camp in June 2018

Josh Rowntree

CRANBERRY (93.7 The Fan) - For most hockey players, an invitation to an NHL development camp is a dream come true. For those selected, it’s likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

But, for one of the Penguins' 38 invitees to this season’s camp, things are a bit different. It probably has something to do with his name being on the side of the building. 

Austin Lemieux, son of Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, is participating in his third development camp this week at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. 

Without a doubt, Austin Lemieux has the most recognizable last name on the ice.

"I just try to do my own thing,” he said after Thursday’s practice. "You have the ups and downs of being his son, but it’s great. I just try to be myself every day and see where it goes.”

Austin keeps himself humble, much like his father, who he regularly leans on for advice.

"Almost every day,” he said. "I get some pointers and stuff like that. He’s great to ask questions and be around.

Heading into his redshirt freshman year at Arizona State, he’s hoping to make an impact. 

"It’s just a great opportunity for me to play D1 and hopefully play at a high level early on at this stage in my career,” he said. "I’m looking to be a top line player there. I’m thinking I’m ready to go. 

"I’m super excited. I think it’s going to be a great year and I’m really looking forward to it.”

One of the elders of the camp, Lemieux, 22, is a leader among a group comprised of many teenagers. 

"A few guys ask me how many camps I’ve been to,” he said. "I told them it’s my third. So, they kind of ask me a few questions. But, I just say to be yourself, enjoy it and take back as much as you can to your teams. I think they’re enjoying it.”

Leadership should come naturally to Lemieux, who once lived in a house with the last two captains of the Penguins in his father and current captain Sidney Crosby.

"It’s a great opportunity for me to be around NHL players and see how they are and go to different rinks,” he said. "I’ve had a lot of opportunities to go to playoff games and see how that is. I think it’s great for my development to see how the pros interact and build from it.”

At the start of his career, Crosby lived with the Lemieux family. 

"He’s more a mentor and a friend to me,” Lemieux said. "I look up to him and, just like my dad, if I have any questions he’s not shy to help out and he’s a great person to have."

Lemieux has the DNA to be a talented player, but he’s not yet nearly the prospect that his father once was. But, he is ready for whatever may or may not happen with his on-ice career. 

"I just try to focus on academics first and hockey second,” he said. "I seem to be doing pretty good at that right now."

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