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.”
Mario Lemieux was a professional hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and played from 1985 to 2004. He was widely known as one of the greatest players to ever play the game, acquiring nicknames such as Le Magnifique, The Magnificent One, and Super Mario and ironicaly his surname literally translates to ‘the best’. Due to his skill, size and stature (6 ft 4 in (1.931 m) and 230 lb (104 kg)), many hockey analysts believe that Lemieux would have been greatest player in almost any NHL era.
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 […]
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The many awards that Mario Lemieux has won through out his hockey career. His award achievements include many of the leagues top notable prizes such as the Stanley Cup (3 times), Conn Smythe (twice), Calder, Art Ross (6 times), Hart Trophy (3 times) plus many more.
He has also won several non NHL awards like the Chrysler-Dodge/NHL Performer of the Year and the Order of Canada
More importantly, Pittsburgh made the playoffs for the first time in 7 seasons and although they eventually lost in the second round, Lemieux made his mark as a playoff performer. He finished with 12 goals and 17 points in 11 games. On April 25, 1989, facing the Philadelphia Flyers, Lemieux set or tied several playoff records with his 5 goal, 8 point performance in a 10-7 Pittsburgh win.
Mario Lemieux’s Last Goal in His NHL Career against Jose Theodore of the Montreal Canadiens.