After the advent of Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers in the NHL in the 1980’s, hockey fans everywhere we’re looking for the next player to take control as the top player in the league.
It had long been a Canadian player hoisted atop the league, from Rocket Richard to Gordie Howe to Bobby Orr to Wayne Gretzky. The NHL looks to the junior leagues to find their next stars, and out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League came the league’s next superstar, Mario Lemieux.
Lemieux was drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1984. He was a highly touted prospect, having scored 562 points in three seasons of junior hockey. Lemieux was such a high profile prospect that there were rumors about teams tanking their season in order to secure the number one pick and draft him.
Lemieux made an impact right away. In his first career game, Lemieux scored a goal on his first career shot, a feat that showed early the great levels he would reach. Through his early years, Lemieux was a sole bright spot for the Penguins.
From early on, Lemieux became the first, but certainly not the last, to don the moniker, “The Next Gretzky.”
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Mario Lemieux, considered by many to be the most talented hockey player ever, often finds his name mentioned in the top 5 hockey players of all-time and his numbers and resume do not dispute that sentiment. He never played a full season in the NHL without missing a game so one can only speculate how much more impressive his offensive numbers would be if he had not missed over 400 games due to injury and illness.
Here is a portion of the many Mario Lemieux hockey cards in our collection that we have gathered, collected, purchased and traded over the years, we are working on adding photos of these as well.
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The Mario Lemieux Story … continued from the main page By the 1988 season, Lemieux had further developed into an NHL star player. After playing in the Canada Cup with NHL stars like Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey, Lemieux was able to realize the full breadth of his talents. In his 1988-1989 campaign, Lemieux came the closest NHL player to match Gretzky’s NHL record of 216 points in a single season, registering 199 points. At one point in the […]
The 1986-87 OPC #122 Mario Lemieux Topps card states that “Mario was the third player in NHL history to score 100 points in his rookie season”. Check out some of Mario’s other 1986 hockey cards.