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Legend seemed ready to retire after last season

Updated: July 31, 2003, 12:05 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are about to get the news they've waited months to hear: Mario Lemieux is ready to announce that he will play at least one more season.

Team officials anticipate that Lemieux will reveal at a news conference Thursday morning that he plans to play the 2003-04 season, the 16th of his injury- and retirement-interrupted career.

Lemieux began working out six weeks ago -- something he almost certainly would not be doing if he wasn't planning ...

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