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.”
1985-86 7-Eleven Credit Cards #15 – Mario Lemieux and Mike Bullard
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Since the beginning, I always loved the game. When you grow up in Montreal, one day you want to be a professional hockey player. When I was six or seven, I knew that was what I wanted. – Mario Lemieux I think we have to show some pride in the jersey that we are wearing, and can’t quit. – Mario Lemieux Certainly we’re not satisfied with just winning games. We’ve been playing some pretty good […]
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.
It includes photos, info and various price values from Beckett guide .
Lemieux along with many other Canadian NHL stars like Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic helped lead the Canadian men’s hockey team to win the gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Gold medal win ended a long drought and was the first Olympic gold hockey title for Canada in over fifty years.
The 1985-86 OPC #9 Mario Lemieux rookie card is a must for any Lemieux fan’s hockey card collection.