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Career Recap
Mario's nickname if "Le Magnifique". His brother is former NHLer Alain Lemieux. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. Mario made his return to the NHL in 2000 so that his son, Austin, could watch his play.
Mario only played 10 games and scored only one goal this season due to an hip injury, late in the year he went into hospital to have surgery on his hip. Played his last game of the season on Saturday 1-Nov-03. He says that he will be playing this coming season.
After three and a half years off the ice, Mario returned to the NHL on December 27, 2000 and recorded one goal and two assists in a 5-0 victory over the Maple Leafs. In his next game, Mario assisted on Jaromir Jagr's 1,000 point and recorded his own 1,500 point. At week's end, Mario shared NHL Player of the Week honours with Jagr. On January 24, Mario scored his 40th hat trick in a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens in his hometown, Montreal. At the end of January, Mario was named NHL Player of the Month. Mario then participated in his ninth midseason All-Star Game. Despite playing only 43 games that year, he scored 35 goals and 71 points and paced the team with 16 power play goals and a 20.5 shooting percentage.
Scored his 600th career goal on Feb. 4 against Vancouver. Led the NHL in scoring for the sixth time in his career. Tied NHL record by scoring 4 goals in a game on Jan. 26, 1997. The four goals set a club record for most in a period, and tied Mario with 11 others for the NHL record for goals by one player in a period. It was also the 39th and last hat trick of his career, tying him with Mike Bossey for second all time behind Gretzky (49). It was also his 10th four goal game, and NHL record.
Took the Art Ross Trophy for the sixth time in his career.
Lemieux returned to play in 70 games in 96 after his year long leave of absence. He led the league in goal scoring with 69, had 97 assists, and led the league in points with 161 as he won the Art Ross Trophy.
Led the Penguins to the Conference Finals where they lost in game 7 against the Florida Panthers.
Announced on Aug. 29, 1994 that he would take a medical leave of absence and sit out the 1994-95 season.
On Jun. 20, 1995, announced that he would return to the ice for the 1995-96 season.
Missed the first 10 games of the season, after having surgery on Jul. 28 to repair a herniated muscle in his back. Returned to the lineup on Oct. 28 vs Quebec, recording 2 assists. Missed a total of 58 games with back problems and two others when he was held out as a precaution.
Recorded 37 points (17+20) in 22 games.
Despite playing in only 60 games recording 160 points the third highest point total in his career, he captured the Art Ross Trophy as he led the league in scoring. Won the Hart Trophy (2nd time), the Masterton Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award. Named the center on the NHL All-Star First Team. Finished third in the NHL in goals with 69 and recorded the league's best goal-per-game average (1.15). Recorded the fourth-highest assist total (91) in the NHL. His points-per-game total of 2.67 ranks as third-highest in NHL history. Led the NHL with +55. Recorded a point in 54 of his 60 games and at least two points in 40 games.
Announced on Jan.12, 1993 that he was diagnosed with a nodulare lymphocytic form of Hodgkin's Disease. Underwent radiation treatment between Feb. 1 and Mar. 2. Returned to the ice on Mar. 2, immediately following his last radiation treatment, and scored a goal and an assist in a 5-4 loss at Philadelphia. Recorded 56 points in the 20 games he played upon returning to the lineup. Finished ninth in NHL playoff scoring with 18 points in 11 playoff games.
Won his third scoring title recording 131 points. Despite playing in only 64 games, ranked second in assists (87) and tied for seventh in goals (44) in the league. Named the Pro-Set NHL Player of the Year. Recorded his 1000th career point in his 513th career game on Mar. 24 at Detroit, to become the second fastest player to record 1,000 points in NHL history (Gretzky in 424). Was on the ice for 70 of the team's 72 power play goals in the games that he played and was on the ice for 181 of the club's 293 total goals (61.7%). Ranked second on the team with an +27. Won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second straight season. Led all players in points (34), goals (16), power play goals (8) and game-winning goals (5), despite missing six games. Ranked second in assists with 18. Tied an NHL playoff record for the most game-winning games (5). Set a club playoff record with 8 power play goals. Recorded 6 points (3 + 3) on Apr. 23 vs Washington, including an NHL playoff-tying four-point period. Became the first player to record four points during a playoff game on two occasions (Apr. 25 '89 vs Philadelphia). Missed the first game of the playoffs with a shoulder injury and missed five other games with a broken hand suffered (slashed by Adam Graves) on May 5 at the NY Rangers in game two of the Division Finals.
Missed the first 50 games of the season, recovering from back back surgery on Jul. 11 to remove a herniated disk. Returned to the lineup on Jan. 26 at Quebec, recording 3 assists. Recorded a point in 22 of the 26 games he played. Won the Conn Smythe Trophy (as the Most Valuable Player) leading the league in playoff points with 44. Also led the playoffs with 28 assists and was tied for second in goals with 16. Recorded a points in 22 of the 23 games, missing one game, Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals with a back problem.
Despite missing 21 games due to back problems, finished fourth in league scoring with 123 points (45 + 78).
Recorded a 46-game scoring streak from Oct. 31 to Feb. 11, the second longest streak in NHL history. Recorded 103 points (39 + 64) during the streak. The streak ended on Feb.14 at the NY Rangers game when his back forced him to leave the game after one period. Missed the following 21 games. Was leading the NHL in scoring in 11 points when he was forced out of the lineup. Returned to the lineup for the Penguins last game on Mar.31 vs Buffalo, recording two points (1 + 1 ).
Won his second straight scoring title, recording 199 points.Ranked first in goals with 85 and tied for first in assists with 114. His 85 goals were the third highest total in a single season in NHL history and he became the second player (Gretzky) to record 70 or more goals in two different seasons. Become only the third player in NHL history (Orr & Gretzky) to record over 100 assists in a single season. Set a single-season NHL with 13 short-handed goals. Led the NHL with 31 power play goals and was on the ice for 110 of the teams 119 power play goals, the fourth highest single-season total in NHL history.
Was involved in 57.3% of the team's goals, the highest percentage in league history.
Scored 54 goals in the first 50 games, the third highest in NHL history. Recorded 5 goals and 8 points on Apr. 25, 1989 vs Philadelphia to tie the NHL record for most goals and points in a single playoff game. On Dec. 31, 1988 vs the New Jersey Devils, became the first player in NHL history to score an empty net goal, and goals at even strength, on the power play, short-handed and on a penalty shot. Became the team's all-time leading scorer on Jan. 20 at Winnipeg, recording his 715th point, passing former Penguin Rick Kehoe. Named to the NHL All-Star First Team at center and was named Dodge NHL Performer of the Year. Led the team on the playoffs with 19 points (12 goals & 7 assissts), while finishing fourth in goals in the league.
Captured the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy. Became only the fourth player in NHL history to score 70 goals in a season. Led the league in goals and short-handed goals (10) and finished second in assists.
Led the NHL with 382 shots on goal, setting a club record in the process. Won the Lester B. Parson Trophy and was named Dodge NGL Performer of the Year.
Despite playing in only 63 games, still led the team in goals (54), assists (53) and points (107).
Was tied for third in the league in points and goals.
Finished second in the league in scoring with 141 points. Led the team in goals (48) and assists (93).
Had a 28-game scoring streak from Jan.11 to Mar. 15, recording 59 points (21 + 38).
Finished second in the Hart Trophy voting, while being named to the NHL All-Star Second Team. Awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award given by the NHL's Players Association to the league's best player.
Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (1st pick overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
Became only the third rookie in NHL history to record 100 or more points. Won the Calder Trophy and was also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Scored a goal in his first game, on his first shift and on his first shot on Oct. 11 at Boston vs Pete Peeters. Still holds the club rookie record for the most goals (43), assists (57) and points (100) in a season.
Junior Career
In his final season with Lavel (QMJHL), was named Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year, recording 282 points (133 + 149). Holds the junior record for the most points (282) and goals (133) in a season.
Ranks second in assists (149) in a season. Set a junior record scoring in 61 consecutive games.
International Career
1983 World Junior Championships:
Playing for Team Canada, was the team's second leading scorer in the tournament held in Leningrad, recording 10 points (5+5). Team Canada won the Bronze Medal.
1985 World Championships
Was named to the All-Tournament team. Scored two goals in Team Canada's 3-1 victory over the USSR, Team Canada's first win over the USSR since 1961.
1987 Canada Cup
Playing for Team Canada, led all players with 11 goals and finished second in points with 18, helping Team Canada win the tournament.
Mario Lemieux's Career Choronology
A chronology of the career of Mario Lemieux:
June 1984
Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the No. 1 pick of the NHL draft.
Oct. 11, 1984
Made NHL debut at Boston. Scored a goal on his first shot on his first NHL shift, against Bruins goalie Pete Peeters.
Won Calder Trophy after becoming only the third rookie in NHL history to score 100 or more points (43 goals-57 assists).
Awarded Lester B. Pearson Award by the NHL Players' Association to the league's best player. Finished second to Wayne Gretzky in scoring race with 141 points (48-93) and Hart Trophy voting.
Led Penguins in goals (54) and assists (53) despite playing in only 63 games due to sprained right knee and bronchitis.
Won Hart Trophy as league MVP, Art Ross Trophy as scoring leader with 168 points (70-98), and Pearson Award again.
Won second straight scoring title with 199 points (85-114). Set single-season record with 13 short-handed goals. Became only second player (Wayne Gretzky) to score 70 goals in two seasons.
Finished fourth in league in scoring with 123 points (45-78) despite missing 21 games due to herniated back.
July 11, 1990
Had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.
Missed first 50 games recovering from a rare bone disease resulting from a surgery-related infection. Won Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, scoring 44 points (16-28), leading Pittsburgh to first Stanley Cup championship.
Won third scoring title with 131 points (44-87). Broke his left hand when slashed by the Rangers' Adam Graves in Game 2 of Patrick Division finals, but returned after missing only five games. Won Conn Smythe Trophy again, scoring 34 points (16-18) as Pittsburgh won second straight Stanley Cup.
January 1993
Diagnosed with a Nodular Lymphocytic form of Hodgkin's disease. Underwent treatment in form of radiation between Feb. 1st and March 2nd.
Played in only 60 games after recovering from Hodgkins' disease. Won fourth scoring title with 160 points (69-91). Won Hart Trophy for second time. Awarded Pearson Award again. Awarded Masterton Trophy as player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
July 28, 1993
Had second back surgery in three years to repair herniated muscle in back.
Missed first 10 games recovering from surgery and a total of 58 games with back problems.
Aug. 29, 1994
Announced he was taking a medical leave of absence due to fatigue, an aftereffect of his 1993 radiation treatments, and would sit out 1994-95 season.
June 20, 1995
Announced he would return for the 1995-96 season.
Oct. 26, 1995
Scored 500th career goal at N.Y. Islanders in his 605th game, becoming the second-fastest player (Gretzky - 575th) to attain the plateau.
Won third Hart Trophy as MVP, becoming only seventh player to achieve the feat at least three times. Became fourth player to win fifth scoring title with 161 points (69-92). Led NHL in power-play goals (31), tied for third-highest single-season total in league history.
Feb. 4, 1997
Scored 600th career goal vs. Vancouver in his 719th game, becoming the second-fastest player (Gretzky - 718th) to attain the plateau.
Won sixth scoring title with 122 points (50-72). Recorded 10th career 100-point season, second only to Wayne Gretzky's record of 15.
April 6, 1997
Announced he will retire following the playoffs.
April 26, 1997
Had a goal and an assist in his final NHL game as Pittsburgh lost 6-3 to Philadelphia and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in five games.