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Austin Lemieux retires from hockey

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The son of the Penguins owner is exchanging skates for clubs.

NHL: JUN 26 Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp
Austin Lemieux during the Pittsburgh Penguins development camp on June 26, 2019 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, PA.
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Austin Lemieux’s skating days are over.

The 24-year-old, who had been playing collegiately with the Arizona State Sun Devils since 2017-18, has decided to hang up his skates to pursue a professional golfing career.

While at ASU, Lemieux was redshirted during his freshman year, but saw the ice for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, putting up 13-and-14-point campaigns respectively. He also helped the Sun Devils clinch their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth last season.

At 24, and not really lighting up the stat sheet while in college, Lemieux’s journey of following in his father’s footsteps into the NHL was going to be a long shot, however he was seen at the Penguins’ development camps over the last few summers looking to improve his game. And at 6’3” and 184 pounds, Lemieux’s frame certainly resembles that of an athlete. Having one of the NHL’s greatest players as your father can’t hurt when it comes to inheriting some of that Mario magic, too.

The Sewickley, PA native didn’t play golf in college, but he has played at the amateur level while living in Pennsylvania.

Good luck to Austin on his new endeavor, as the young Lemieux looks to make a legacy of his own on the fairways and putting greens.