Born: October 5, 1965
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec
Mario Lemieux is probably the greatest all-around player in the history of hockey.
He grew up idolizing his home team, the Montreal Canadians, and their many all-stars.
His parents were very supportive of his chosen career: hockey.
Lemieux was an outstanding player at the junior level establishing scoring records in the QMJHL.
He was the first pick in the 1984 hockey draft being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In his first NHL season, scoring 100 points, Mario Lemieux was voted the Rookie of the Year
He led his team to two Stanley Cup victories in 1991 and 1992, being chosen the Most Valuable Player in the
playoffs both seasons.
In 1993, it was discovered that he had a curable form of Hodgkin's disease.
He immediately underwent radiation treatments to rid himself of this cancer.
Lemieux returned before the season was over and scored 56 points in the remaining 20 games.
He set up the Mario Lemieux Foundation to help fund medical research projects.
Lemieux has won the Hart Trophy for the league's MVP on three occasions.
After he retired in 1997, he led a group to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins as the team was experiencing
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame shortly after his retirement.
Mario Lemieux came out of retirement in 2000 and as an active player is still one of the highest point-getters in the league.
For detailed research and more information, check out the following:
Legends of Hockey
The Famous People
The Mario Lemieux Foundation
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