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Mario Lemieux
 
'I'm not coming back to embarrass myself. I wouldn't come back unless I thought I could play at a high level and regain the title of the best player in the world. I have the desire and passion to do it.' - Mario Lemieux
 


Well done Mario - Gold at last....

 
The world's greatest hockey player is back.......
In his second game back from retirement, Mario set up one milestone and reached another. Mario assisted on a pair of goals by Jaromir Jagr. The first was Jagr's 1,000th career point and the second Mario's 1,5000th. Mario is the 10th player in NHL history to reach 1,500 points.
"I missed the game and missed the challenge of competing. I am excited by the challenge of attempting a comeback. I look forward to the chance to get back on the ice with the players."
 
Mario Retires
Mario bids farewell and recalls fond memories.....
Mario is simply the best, he was so good in his career that they have even named a road after him.
Lemieux's illustrious 13-year career ends and is entered into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Lemiuex received a two-minute standing ovation during pregame ceremonies.
"I want to thank you for helping me save the Penguins and keeping them
here in town," Lemieux told fans. "I only ask two things that I want to accomplish.
One is to assure that this franchise remains here in Pittsburgh forever
and No. 2 is to hopefully one day have the opportunity to bring the
Stanley Cup back to the city of Pittsburgh."

The Personal File
Married: Natalie
Children: Three daughters, Lauren, Stephanie, Alexi, & a son, Austin.
Home: Lives in Sewickley.
Hobbies: Penguins, Golf.
 
 

First Game
Mario scores his first NHL goal on his first shift in his first game on his first shot. The Penguins lost the game 4-3 on Oct. 11, 1984, to the Boston Bruins.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last Game
Mario hugs Eric Lindros after playing for the last time on April 26, 1997 in a playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Despite a goal and an assist by Mario, the Penguins lost the game and the series.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Early Years:
Played from 1981-84 with the Laval Voisins in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 1983-84, he was named player of the year, recording 133 goals and 149 assists.

 

In the 1983 World Junior Championships in Leningrad, while playing for Team Canada, he was his team's second leading scorer. Team Canada won the Bronze medal.

Thanks, Mario ...