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 played his entire NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins and is still part of the organization, he had ten NHL seasons with 100 or more points and once came within 1 point of reaching the 200 mark. Here are some of the many outstanding records that Lemieux established and that have yet to be topped.
Mario Lemieux easily beats Patrick Roy
Mario Lemieux played professional ice hockey for 17 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL (betweeen 1984 and 2006) and is now the Penguins principal owner and chairman, after having fighting to keep the team from bankruptcy in 1999. Lemieux is regarded by most in the hockey community as one of the greatest players to ever play in the NHL.
He won the Conn Smythe Trophy twice while leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to winning two Stanley Cup championships, led the NHL in scoring six times, won the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP three times.
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 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
Below you will find a collection of various hockey videos featuring Mario Lemieux. Mario Lemieux videos are now posted here …