Reports: Fenway Sports Group on verge of buying Penguins; Mario Lemieux to remain minority owner

Whoa! Penguins to be sold.

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Nov 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux (middle) participates in a ceremonial puck drop with fellow cancer survivors Eric Graham (LC), age 15, and Nicole Macio (RC) age 22, and Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) before the game at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Fenway Sports Group (FSG), owners of the Boston Red Sox, are on the verge of buying the Pittsburgh Penguins, The Wall Street Journal and Sportico reported Tuesday.

The Penguins are currently owned by longtime Penguins great and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, and Ron Burkle. The FSG board, backed by billionaire John Henry, is set to vote on the purchase Thursday, per the reports.

Then the deal would be subject to approval by the NHL.

Penguins to be sold; Lemieux to remain

Terms were not reported. Sportico valued the Penguins franchise at $845 million, 15th among NHL teams.

In addition to the Red Sox and Fenway Park, FSG also owns English soccer club Liverpool FC and NASCAR team Roush Fenway Racing.

Under Lemieux’s ownership, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017 and have qualified for the playoffs 15 seasons in a row.

Lemieux and Burkle bought the Penguins out of bankruptcy in 1999.

The 56-year-old Lemieux was a two-time Cup winner (1991, 1992) in his 17 years playing for the Penguins. He was a nine-time All-Star. Lemieux won the Art Ross Trophy six times, tied with Gordie Howe and trailing only Wayne Gretzky’s 10 scoring titles all-time.

He retired after the 1996-97 season.

Additional reports indicate that Lemieux would retain a minority stake.

–Field Level Media