Pittsburgh Penguins pee-wee team assistant coach Mario Lemieux cheers on his team at the International Pee-Wee tournament on Wednesday Feb. 20, 2008 in Quebec City. Lemieux's son Austin plays on the team.
From left, Trina Crosby, Troy Crosby, Austin Lemieux, Taylor Crosby, Mario Lemieux and Nathalie Lemieux pose for a photograph at a peewee tournament in Quebec where Austin's and Taylor's teams met in a special exhibition game.
Stephanie Lemieux, 14, and Austin Lemieux, 13, are the middle children of Penguins co-owner and Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux and his wife, Nathalie. Taylor Crosby, 13, is the sister of Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby.
Stephanie and Austin Lemieux also play for the Quaker Valley High School co-ed freshman team, sometimes on the same line.
Taylor Crosby plays goaltender for the Cole Harbour (Nova Scotia) Wings, a boys' peewee AA team.
Sidney Crosby, who has lived with the Lemieux family during the hockey season since he arrived in 2005 and goes home to Nova Scotia in the summer, tracks the three younger players.
"It's really nice the way it's worked out," Crosby said. "They've all become close."
The two families are connected in many ways, going back to 1984 when Mario Lemieux was selected first overall by the Penguins in the NHL draft. Twelve rounds later, Montreal took Troy Crosby, a goaltender who never played in the NHL but now keeps close tabs on his daughter and famous son. Sidney Crosby was selected first overall by the Penguins in the 2005 draft.
Stephanie and Austin Lemieux and Taylor Crosby all have birthdays in March.
"Austin's pretty good, but he's kind of small still," Lemieux said of his son.
Stephanie Lemieux, a left winger and occasionally a center, and Taylor Crosby are tall for their ages and have a common aspiration -- to play for the Canadian women's team in the Olympics.
Mario, Austin & Nathalie Lemieux with (center) Elyse Wright
Mario, Austin & Nathalie Lemieux with (center) Elyse Wright, Chicks with Sticks, Mario Lemieux Foundation
Mrs. Lemieux never has spent much time in the public eye. She rarely gives interviews. she was raised in French-speaking Quebec.
Stephanie left Alexa center