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The Comeback Kid
Nathalie Asselin
AlainRichard
AlexaAustin NicholasLaurenStephanie
Montreal, QC, CANADA
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Jean-Guy Lemieux
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Who is Mario Lemieux?

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Mario Lemieux is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Pittsburgh Penguins between 1984 and 2006 with breaks in-between. He bought the Penguins out of bankruptcy, and is currently the team's principal owner and chairman. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the best players of all time. He was gifted in all departments of the game including, playmaking, scoring, puck-handling, and backed these with intangible skills such as, imagination and anticipation. He led Pittsburgh to two consecutive Stanley Cups and a third under his ownership. He also led Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal, a championship win at the World Cup of Hockey, and a Canada Cup. At the time of his retirement, he was the NHL's seventh-ranked all-time scorer with 690 goals and 1,033 assists, at an incredible 0.754 goals-per game average. Lemieuxโ€™s career was plagued by health problems including spinal disc herniation and Hodgkin's lymphoma that limited him to 915 of a possible 1,428 NHL games forcing him to retire twice in his career. He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and The Hockey Hall of Fame. His career is not just about records but of dedication and determination in the face of severe health issues.

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Mario Lemieux Childhood & Early Life

Lemieux was born on October 5, 1965 in Montreal to Pierrette, a home-maker, and Jean-Guy Lemieux, an engineer. He and his older brothers Alain and Richard grew up in a working class family in the Ville-ร‰mard district.

The brothers would practice in the basement using wooden kitchen spoons as hockey sticks and bottle caps as pucks until their father created a rink on the front lawn.

Mario Lemieux Career

Lemieux was picked in the 1984 Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who wanted a natural goal scorer to improve their fortunes as they had finished dead last in the previous two seasons.

He played in the NHL All-Star Game and became the first rookie to be named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy for top rookie in 1984-85.

His second five-goal performance helped in a 10-7 victory against Philadelphia Flyers in 1989. He tied the NHL record for most goals and points in a postseason game, but the Penguins lost the series.

He underwent surgery to fix a herniated disk, and missed 50 games in the 1990โ€“91 NHL season, but returned to lead the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup defeating Minnesota North Stars.

He played only 64 games in his injury-plagued 1991โ€“92 season. Despite missing several games, he helped The Penguins sweep the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final with 78 play-offs points.

In January, 1993, when he made the shocking announcement that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Forced to undergo energy-draining radiation treatments, he missed two months of play during which period Penguins struggled

On the day of his last radiation treatment, he flew to Philadelphia to play against the Flyers, and scored a goal in a 5-4 loss but was accorded a standing ovation by Philadelphia fans.

In the 1996-97 season, he scored his 600th career goal in his 719th game behind Wayne Gretzky's 600 goals in 718 games and went on to put up his tenth career 100-point season.

Upon his first retirement in 1997, he became the only player to retire with a greater than 2 points per game average (1494 points in 745 games) and was sorely missed by his team.

In 1999 the Pittsburgh team was mired in financial difficulty and faced bankruptcy. Lemieux, owed millions in deferred salary, stepped in as to buy the team and keep it in Pittsburgh,

In 2000, he returned to the NHL against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite playing in only 43 games, he scored 76 points, with the highest points-per-game average that season in the League

In the 2001โ€“02 season, he was the captain but only appeared in 24 games, partially due to injuries and also due to the reason that he wanted to be in good condition to play for Canada at the Olympics.

Lemieux was named captain of Canada's Winter Olympic team for the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Fifty years after their last Olympic title, Canada won the gold with a 5-2 victory over the American team.

With injuries plaguing his once-brilliant career, and with the burden of the Penguins' financial woes, he decided to retire on January 24, 2006

His final career totals include 915 regular season games played, scoring 690 goals and assisting on 1,033 more for 1,723 points, He became one of the greatest players ever to play the game.

Mario Lemieux Awards & Achievements

Lemieux won the Art Ross Trophy given to Scoring Champion 6 times in his career, was thrice winner of Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player between 1988 and 1996.

He won the Lester B. Pearson Most Valuable Player as voted by NHL players four times and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in1993 for showing perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

He was part of the First All-Star Team Centre or Second All-Star Team Centre teams, between 1986 and 2001. The players are selected through ballot by the captains of the teams and NHL officials.

He was received the honorable title of Knight from Quebec Premier Jean Charest, and in 2010, he received the Order of Canada from then-Governor-General Michaรซlle Jean for his services to the nation and society.

Playing in the Canada Cup of 1987, he set a tournament record 11 goals in 9 games; his last one was a last minute goal that clinched the tie against the Soviet.

In 1988, against New Jersey Devils, in one of the greatest individual performances, he became the only player in NHL history to score a goal in all five possible game situations in the same game.

Mario Lemieux Personal Life & Legacy

Mario Lemieux married Nathalie Asselin in 1993 and they have four children: Lauren, Stephanie, Austin Nicholas and Alexa. The family lives in the affluent Pittsburgh suburb of Sewickley.

He created the Mario Lemieux Foundation in 1993 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma to fund medical research projects. He co- founded โ€˜Athletes for Hopeโ€™, an organization that streamlines charity activities of athletes

Mario Lemieux Trivia

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center nicknamed their Terascale System capable of performing up to 6 trillion calculations per second after this ice hockey star.

A story goes that during his childhood this ice hockey legendโ€™s family sometimes packed snow onto the living room carpet so he and his brothers could practice indoors when it was dark.

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Mario Lemieux awards

  • Other

    • 2009
      Stanley Cup champion
    • 2002
      Olympic gold medalist
    • 1988
    • 1993
    • 1996
      Hart Memorial Trophy
    • 1988
    • 1989
    • 1992
    • 1993
    • 1996
    • 1997
      Art Ross Trophy
    • 1991
    • 1992
      Conn Smythe Trophy
    • 1986
    • 1988
    • 1993
    • 1996
      Lester B. Pearson Award
    • 1993
      NHL Plus/Minus Award
    • 1985
      Calder Memorial Trophy โ€“
    • 1985
    • 1986
    • 1987
      Chrysler-Dodge/NHL Performer of the Year
    • 1986
    • 1989
      Dapper Dan Athlete of The Year
    • 2000
      Lester Patrick Trophy
    • 1993
      Bill Masterton Trophy
    • 1985
    • 1988
    • 1990
      NHL All-Star Game MVP
    • 1988
    • 1989
    • 1993
    • 1996
    • 1997
      NHL First All-Star Team
    • 1986
    • 1987
    • 1992
    • 2001
      NHL Second All-Star Team
    • 1985
      NHL All-Rookie Team
    • 1984
      CHL Player of the Year
    • 2000
      ESPN Hockey Player of the Decade
    • 1993
    • 1994
    • 1998
      ESPY Award NHL Player of the Year
    • 1993
      Lou Marsh Trophy
    • 1997 - Hockey Hall of Fame
    • 1991
    • 1992
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Mario Lemieux biography timelines

  • Upon his first retirement in 1997, he became the only player to retire with a greater than 2 points per game average (1494 points in 745 games) and was sorely missed by his team.
    1494 To 1997
  • Lemieux was born on October 5, 1965 in Montreal to Pierrette, a home-maker, and Jean-Guy Lemieux, an engineer. He and his older brothers Alain and Richard grew up in a working class family in the Ville-ร‰mard district.
    5th Oct 1965
  • Lemieux was picked in the 1984 Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who wanted a natural goal scorer to improve their fortunes as they had finished dead last in the previous two seasons.
    1984
  • He played in the NHL All-Star Game and became the first rookie to be named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy for top rookie in 1984-85.
    1984
  • He was part of the First All-Star Team Centre or Second All-Star Team Centre teams, between 1986 and 2001. The players are selected through ballot by the captains of the teams and NHL officials.
    1986 To 2001
  • Playing in the Canada Cup of 1987, he set a tournament record 11 goals in 9 games; his last one was a last minute goal that clinched the tie against the Soviet.
    1987
  • Lemieux won the Art Ross Trophy given to Scoring Champion 6 times in his career, was thrice winner of Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player between 1988 and 1996.
    1988 To 1996
  • In 1988, against New Jersey Devils, in one of the greatest individual performances, he became the only player in NHL history to score a goal in all five possible game situations in the same game.
    1988
  • His second five-goal performance helped in a 10-7 victory against Philadelphia Flyers in 1989. He tied the NHL record for most goals and points in a postseason game, but the Penguins lost the series.
    1989
  • He underwent surgery to fix a herniated disk, and missed 50 games in the 1990โ€“91 NHL season, but returned to lead the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup defeating Minnesota North Stars.
    1990
  • He played only 64 games in his injury-plagued 1991โ€“92 season. Despite missing several games, he helped The Penguins sweep the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final with 78 play-offs points.
    1991
  • In January, 1993, when he made the shocking announcement that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Forced to undergo energy-draining radiation treatments, he missed two months of play during which period Penguins struggled
    1993
  • He won the Lester B. Pearson Most Valuable Player as voted by NHL players four times and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in1993 for showing perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
    1993
  • Mario Lemieux married Nathalie Asselin in 1993 and they have four children: Lauren, Stephanie, Austin Nicholas and Alexa. The family lives in the affluent Pittsburgh suburb of Sewickley.
    1993
  • He created the Mario Lemieux Foundation in 1993 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma to fund medical research projects. He co- founded โ€˜Athletes for Hopeโ€™, an organization that streamlines charity activities of athletes
    1993
  • In the 1996-97 season, he scored his 600th career goal in his 719th game behind Wayne Gretzky's 600 goals in 718 games and went on to put up his tenth career 100-point season.
    1996 To 1997
  • In 1999 the Pittsburgh team was mired in financial difficulty and faced bankruptcy. Lemieux, owed millions in deferred salary, stepped in as to buy the team and keep it in Pittsburgh,
    1999
  • In 2000, he returned to the NHL against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite playing in only 43 games, he scored 76 points, with the highest points-per-game average that season in the League
    2000
  • In the 2001โ€“02 season, he was the captain but only appeared in 24 games, partially due to injuries and also due to the reason that he wanted to be in good condition to play for Canada at the Olympics.
    2001
  • Lemieux was named captain of Canada's Winter Olympic team for the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Fifty years after their last Olympic title, Canada won the gold with a 5-2 victory over the American team.
    2002
  • With injuries plaguing his once-brilliant career, and with the burden of the Penguins' financial woes, he decided to retire on January 24, 2006
    24th Jan 2006
  • He was received the honorable title of Knight from Quebec Premier Jean Charest, and in 2010, he received the Order of Canada from then-Governor-General Michaรซlle Jean for his services to the nation and society.
    2010
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Frequently asked questions about Mario Lemieux

  • What is Mario Lemieux birthday?

    Mario Lemieux was born at October 5, 1965

  • Where is Mario Lemieux's birth place?

    Mario Lemieux was born in Montreal, QC, CANADA

  • What is Mario Lemieux nationalities?

    Mario Lemieux's nationalities is Canadian

  • What is Mario Lemieux nick names?

    Mario Lemieux's nickNames is The Comeback Kid

  • Who is Mario Lemieux spouses?

    Mario Lemieux's spouses is Nathalie Asselin

  • Who is Mario Lemieux siblings?

    Mario Lemieux's siblings is Alain, Richard

  • Who is Mario Lemieux childrens?

    Mario Lemieux's childrens is Alexa, Austin Nicholas, Lauren, Stephanie

  • What is Mario Lemieux's religion?

    Mario Lemieux's religion is Roman Catholic

  • How tall is Mario Lemieux?

    Mario Lemieux's height is 193

  • Who is Mario Lemieux's father?

    Mario Lemieux's father is Jean-Guy Lemieux

  • Who is Mario Lemieux's mother?

    Mario Lemieux's mother is Pierrette

  • What is Mario Lemieux's sun sign?

    Mario Lemieux is Libra