MONTREAL — For sale: hockey great Mario Lemieux's massive 50-room Quebec summer home.
The price of the six-year-old chateau-style Mont-Tremblant residence: $21,999,066, the last few dollars an ode to Lemieux's famous No. 66 jersey.
Realtor Michel Naud said the asking price was strategic as the former Pittsburgh Penguins superstar knew putting the property on the market would garner heavy interest.
"He agreed to put the $66 at the end of his asking price," Naud said in an interview.
The 1,579 square-metre castle known as the Chateau Fleur de Lys has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms and "offers a majestic panoramic view" of Tremblant Lake.
Naud, a personal friend of Lemieux and a longtime realtor who works in the Tremblant region about 130 kilometres north of Montreal, says the hockey legend decided to test the waters with no obligation to sell.
"He's here with the family every summer," said Naud, who works with Engel & Volkers. "It's important to share that he's not leaving Mont-Tremblant, just looking at other opportunities."
The Penguins owner bought the land in 2007 and spent five years building the chateau to his specifications in the picturesque location.
The meticulously built home is inspired by the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City but has touches from elsewhere — including antique columns from the 1800s imported from an old castle in India.
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There's also a two-bedroom guest house, large deck and 17 fireplaces among the numerous luxurious features.
"It really is a property that reflects who Mario was as a player," said Naud. "It's very grand and very elegant."
Lemieux and his wife have four children and they along with extended family from Montreal spend their summer months in the Laurentians, Naud said. They primarily live in Pennsylvania and also have property in Florida.
Lemieux, dubbed "Super Mario" during his playing days, played parts of 17 seasons for the Penguins between 1984 and 2006, racking up 1,723 points and consecutive Stanley Cups as a player in 1991 and 1992.
The Penguins subsequently won three more Stanley Cups with Lemieux as owner, in 2009, 2016 and 2017.
Naud said he's already received two calls expressing serious interest in the property since the listing went live earlier this week.
There are a lot of major projects ongoing in Tremblant and several homes of the same magnitude in terms of price and budget.
"But it's the most expensive listing for sure in Tremblant," Naud said, adding the property "is a destination in itself."
A spokesman for the Penguins said Lemieux would not comment further