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Austin Lemieux, Former Tomahawks Draft Pick and Son of NHL Legend Mario Lemieux, Retires From Hockey

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

written by: David Nicoletti

Son of former Pittsburgh Penguin, two-time cup champion, and NHL hall of famer Mario Lemieux, Austin Lemieux has decided to hang up the skates at a young age of 24 to pursue a career in golf.

The Sewickley, PA native spent the 2011-12 season with the Pittsburgh Predators 18U AAA where in both season he played 20 games and scored three goals, 10 assists, and 16 penalty minutes. 

The 6’3” right winger would then go on to spend the 2013-14 and 2014-15 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U of the T1EHL 18U. In 67 games for the Pens he scored 19 goals, 34 assists, and 32 penalty minutes. He also had a goal and two assists in four playoff games in 2015.

Austin was drafted during the 2015 NAHL Entry Draft ninth overall by the Johnstown Tomahawks. He would go on to play with the Omaha Lancers that season as he was drafted in round nine 138th overall in the 2015 USHL Draft. 

He played 57 games with Omaha scoring six goals, eight assists, 28 penalty minutes, and a minus four average with the Lancers. 

He would then go on to play in the USPHL Premier league for the Islanders Hockey Club. In 45 games during the 2016-17 season he scored 20 goals, 54 assists, and 34 penalty minutes, with six goals and three assists in six playoff games during the playoffs in 2017.

He would then go on and commit to playing NCAA Division I hockey for Arizona State University. He would play with the Sun Devils for three seasons, scoring seven goals, 20 assists, 38 penalty minutes, and a plus three average. 

Lemieux was never drafted into the NHL but was still considered a pro prospect due to his large frame and high hockey IQ.

Lemieux was a very successful amateur golfer while growing up in Pennsylvania and it appears that he now plans to re-focus his efforts onto golf as his sport of choice.

Hopefully at the end of it all, this works out for Austin. I was a real big fan when I heard he was drafted by the Hawks and I really wanted to see him play in Johnstown, but sadly he would never play a game for the Tomahawks as he would go spend the 2015 season in Omaha, the 2016 season in Tyngsboro, and then 2017 to now in college. Best of luck to Austin in his future.

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