(the magnificent one)
|6 ft 4. Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. Centre ( center in the USA) in Ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice A shot in Ice hockey is an attempt by a player to score a goal by striking the puck with their stick in the direction of the net A nickname is a Name of an entity or thing that is not its Proper name. Human height varies according to both "nature" and "nurture". 5 in (1. 94 m)|
235 lb (107 kg/16 st 11 lb)
|Pro clubs||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Born||October 5, 1965 ,|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|NHL Draft||1st overall, 1984|
|Pro career||1984/85 – 1993/94|
1995/96 – 1996/97
2000/01 – 2005/06
|Hall of Fame, 1997|
Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1984 and 2005. The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass The stone is a unit of Weight. It is part of the Imperial system of weights and measures used in the British Isles, and formerly used in most The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional Ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nationality is a relationship between a Person and their State of Origin, Culture, association Affiliation and/or Loyalty Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Birthday is the name given to the date of the anniversary of a person's birth Events 869 - The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Montreal, or Montréal in French ( pronounced in French, in English) is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec Quebec (kwɨˈbɛk Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page The NHL Entry Draft is a collective meeting in which the franchises of the National Hockey League (NHL systematically select the rights to available amateur players who meet The 1984 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 9 1984 at the Forum in Montreal Quebec. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional Ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 1984–85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. The 1993–94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. The 1995–96 NHL season was the 79th Regular season of the National Hockey League. The 1996–97 NHL season was the 80th Regular season of the National Hockey League. The 2000–01 NHL season was the 84th Regular season of the National Hockey League. The 2005–06 NHL season was the 88th season of the National Hockey League. The Hockey Hall of Fame ( Temple de la renommée du hockey in French) is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Events 869 - The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Montreal, or Montréal in French ( pronounced in French, in English) is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec Quebec (kwɨˈbɛk Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page This article is about people called professionals For the Movie, see The Professional or Leon. Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. Centre ( center in the USA) in Ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional Ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The 1984–85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. The 2004–05 NHL season was the 88th Regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL He is also the Penguins' principal owner and chairman of the board, having bought the team out of bankruptcy in 1999.
Lemieux won three Hart trophies as the most valuable player, six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP during both Stanley Cup victories. The Hart Memorial Trophy, originally known as the Hart Trophy, the "oldest and most prestigious individual award in hockey" is awarded annually to the The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the National Hockey League 's Stanley Cup playoffs At the time of his retirement, he was the seventh highest all-time scorer with 690 goals and 1,033 assists.  Lemieux led his teams to two Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal, and two World Cups of Hockey (one while it was still the Canada Cup). The Stanley Cup (La Coupe Stanley is an Ice hockey club championship Trophy, awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL playoffs champion Ice hockey tournaments have been staged at the Olympic Games since the 1920 Summer Olympics. This article is about Ice Hockey For other Hockey World Cups see World Cup (hockey for disambiguation In 2004, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Canada's Walk of Fame, Toronto, Ontario is a walk of fame that acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians
He achieved such accolades despite being marred by injuries— he played 915 out of a potential 1428 regular season games. His numerous ailments included spinal disc herniation, Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic tendinitis of a hip-flexor muscle, and chronic back pain so severe that he had other people tie his skates. Hodgkin's lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin's disease is a type of Lymphoma first described by Thomas Hodgkin in 1832 Tendinitis or tendonitis (from the Greek Τενοντίτις 'itis' denoting inflammation or swelling used to be thought of as a painful Inflammation Back pain (also known " dorsalgia " is Pain felt in the back that usually originates from the Muscles Nerves Bones  He has retired twice because of his health: first in 1997 after battling lymphoma (he returned in 2000), and for a second and final time after being diagnosed with an atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation ( AF or afib) is a Cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm that involves the two upper chambers ( atria) of the Heart 
Lemieux was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame immediately after his first retirement, waiving the normal three-year waiting period; upon his return in 2000, he became the third Hall of Famer (after Gordie Howe and Guy Lafleur) to play after being inducted. The Hockey Hall of Fame ( Temple de la renommée du hockey in French) is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Gordon "Gordie" Howe, OC (born March 31 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former professional Ice hockey player from Canada Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20 1951 in Thurso, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player and is widely regarded  Lemieux's impact on the NHL has been significant: Andrew Conte of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review called him the "savior" of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and after Lemieux's retirement, Wayne Gretzky commented that "You don't replace players like Mario Lemieux [. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, also known as "the Trib" is the second largest daily Newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26 1961 is a retired Canadian professional Ice hockey player . . ] The game will miss him".  Bobby Orr called him "the most talented player I've ever seen"; Orr, along with Bryan Trottier, and numerous fans, speculate that had Lemieux not suffered so many injuries, his on-ice achievements would have been much greater. Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr OC (born March 20 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian Ice hockey defenseman Bryan John Trottier (born July 17, 1956 in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a retired Canadian professional Ice hockey 
Mario Lemieux was born in Montreal to Pierrette, a stay-at-home mom, and Jean-Guy Lemieux, a construction worker. Montreal, or Montréal in French ( pronounced in French, in English) is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec He and his older brothers Alain and Richard grew up in a working class family in the Ville-Émard district. Alain Lemieux (born May 24, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec) is a retired Ice hockey player Ville-Émard is a district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Located in the southwest part of the city it is bounded by Angrignon Park to the west the Mario began practicing hockey at age 3 in his basement; before using real equipment, he and his brothers used wooden kitchen spoons as hockey sticks and bottle caps as pucks.  His father created a rink on the front lawn so that the boys could practice regularly, and according to family legend, the family sometimes packed snow onto the living room carpet so the brothers could practice indoors when it was dark. 
Lemieux started his career with the Laval Voisins of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The Laval Titan was just one name used by a Junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise that played in Laval Quebec, between The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English LHJMQ in French is When he was drafted at age 15, he declared that he would break league records; in the 1983-84 QMJHL season, Lemieux broke the league record for points in a season with 282 (133 goals, 149 assists) in 70 games.  In his last game of the regular season, Lemieux needed three goals to tie Guy Lafleur's record of 130 goals— he scored six goals and added six assists in a 16-4 victory. Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20 1951 in Thurso, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player and is widely regarded 
Although he played in the 1983 World Junior Hockey Championships, Lemieux refused to play for the Canadian Juniors in 1984 because he disliked how coach Dave King treated him in the previous tournament. W David King (born December 22, 1947 in North Battleford Saskatchewan) is a Canadian hockey coach who has been head coach in the National  He also did not want to break up his junior season.  He finished his QMJHL career with 562 points (247 goals, 315 assists) in three seasons.
Before the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Lemieux announced he wanted to play for whomever drafted him. The 1984 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 9 1984 at the Forum in Montreal Quebec.  He and his agent were deadlocked with the Penguins and could not negotiate a contract. Because of this, when the Penguins called his name as the first overall draft pick, he did not shake general manager Eddie Johnston's hand or don the Penguins jersey, as is NHL tradition. General Manager or GM for short is a descriptive term for certain executives in a Business operation Edward Joseph "Eddie" Johnston (born November 23, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec) is a former player and coach in the National Hockey League He claimed he was upset about the contract negotiation, and said that "Pittsburgh doesn't want [him] bad enough. " Even though the draft was held in Montreal, over 3,000 fans viewed a broadcast in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena — a typical Penguins game drew less than 7,000 fans at the time. The Mellon Arena (known as Pittsburgh Civic Arena from 1961–1999 and informally known as " The Igloo " is an indoor arena in Pittsburgh  Lemieux's actions upset many fans and led to accusations of arrogance and aloofness.  After the draft, Johnston signed Lemieux to a two-year contract for $600,000, plus a $150,000 bonus for signing. 
At the start of Lemieux's career, the Penguins were in financial turmoil and there were rumours of relocation. The team declared bankruptcy after the 1974-75 season, and by 1983, they were averaging fewer than 7,000 fans per game — less than half of their arena's capacity. The 1974–75 NHL season was the 58th season of the National Hockey League. 
Lemieux debuted on October 11, 1984 against the Boston Bruins and scored a goal with his very first NHL shot, on his first shift against Pete Peeters. Events 1138 - A massive earthquake struck Aleppo, Syria. 1531 - Huldrych Zwingli is killed Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) The Boston Bruins are a professional Ice hockey team based in Boston Massachusetts. Peter H Peeters (born August 1, 1957 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a retired professional Ice hockey Goaltender who was one of the  Later that season, Lemieux played in the NHL All-Star Game and became the first rookie to be named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player. The National Hockey League All-Star Game (Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey is an exhibition Ice hockey game that traditionally marks the midway Despite missing seven games during the season, Lemieux scored 100 points and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the rookie of the year. The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
The next season, Lemieux finished second in league scoring with 141 points, behind Wayne Gretzky's NHL-record 215 points. The 1985–86 NHL season was the 69th season of the National Hockey League. Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26 1961 is a retired Canadian professional Ice hockey player He won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the NHL's best regular-season player as voted by his peers. The Lester B Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League 's outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association Lemieux missed 17 games of the 1986-87 NHL season — his point production slipped, and the Penguins once again failed to make the playoffs. The 1986–87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. However, he played in the Canada Cup during the summer of 1987 and set a tournament record 11 goals in 9 games; his last goal, which clinched the Canadian victory, came against the Soviet team with 1:26 remaining in the third period. The Canada Cup was a multinational hockey championship held every few years Lemieux cited his Canada Cup experience as the reason for his elevated play later on, stating, "Remember, I was only 21 years old at the time. To be around guys like Wayne [Gretzky] and Mark Messier and Paul Coffey [. . . ] was a tremendous learning experience". 
By the 1987-88 season, Wayne Gretzky had won seven consecutive Art Ross Trophies for leading the league in points. The 1987–88 NHL season was the 71st season of the National Hockey League. The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season That season, fueled by his Canada Cup experience, Lemieux scored 168 points and won his first NHL scoring title. He also won his first Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player to his team, and the All-Star Game MVP award after a record-setting six-point game. The Hart Memorial Trophy, originally known as the Hart Trophy, the "oldest and most prestigious individual award in hockey" is awarded annually to the Despite Lemieux's success, the Penguins did not qualify for the playoffs.
In the 1988-89 season, Lemieux led the league with 114 assists (tied with Gretzky) and 85 goals for 199 points; he is the only player to approach Gretzky's mammoth 200+ point seasons. The 1988–89 NHL season was the 72nd season of the National Hockey League.  Lemieux finished the season a close second to Gretzky in voting for the Hart Trophy, and set several milestones and records in the process, becoming the second player to score 70+ goals in two seasons, the fourth player to score 50 goals in 50 games, and the only player to score 13 shorthanded goals in one season. 50 goals in 50 games refers to the act of scoring 50 goals in the first 50 games of a National Hockey League (NHL season 
Perhaps the defining moment of Lemieux's season was on December 31, 1988, in a game against the New Jersey Devils. Events 406 – Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gallia. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) The New Jersey Devils are a professional Ice hockey team based in Newark New Jersey.  In that game, Lemieux scored eight points and became the only player in NHL history to score a goal in all five possible game situations in the same game: even-strength, power-play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty-net. Lemieux had another five-goal, eight-point performance in a 10-7 victory during the postseason against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 25, 1989. The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional Ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Events 1607 - Eighty Years' War: The Dutch fleet destroys the anchored Spanish fleet at Gibraltar. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) He tied the NHL record for most goals and points in a postseason game, most goals in a postseason period (four in the first), and most assists in a postseason period (three in the second).  However, the Penguins lost the series four games to three.
During the 1989-90 NHL season, Lemieux scored at least one point in 46 consecutive games. The 1989–90 NHL season was the 73rd season of the National Hockey League. The streak's length was second only to Gretzky's 51-game streak.  Lemieux won his third All-Star Game MVP with a four-goal performance. Although he missed 21 games, he finished fourth in the league in scoring with 123 points (45 goals, 78 assists).  The Penguins did not qualify for the playoffs.
Lemieux's back injury developed into a herniated disc, which subsequently developed an infection. On July 11, 1990, Lemieux underwent back surgery to fix the disk, and he missed 50 games in the 1990-91 NHL season. Events 911 - Signing of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between Charles the Simple and Rollo of Normandy. Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) The 1990–91 NHL season was the 74th regular season of the National Hockey League. In his absence, the Penguins acquired players Larry Murphy, Ron Francis, and Ulf Samuelsson in hopes of becoming serious contenders for the Stanley Cup. Larry Murphy can refer to Larry Murphy (baseball (1857-1911 former MLB outfielder Larry Murphy (actor (born 1972 actor and comedian Ronald "Ron" Michael Francis Jr (born March 1 1963 in Sault Ste Ulf Samuelsson (b March 26 1964, Fagersta, Västmanlands län, Sweden) is a retired Swedish-American professional The Stanley Cup (La Coupe Stanley is an Ice hockey club championship Trophy, awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL playoffs champion Despite significant back pain, Lemieux scored 16 goals and 28 assists for the playoff lead, and led the Penguins over the Minnesota North Stars for their first Stanley Cup. The Minnesota North Stars were a professional Ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL for 26 seasons from 1967 to 1993.  Lemieux won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the National Hockey League 's Stanley Cup playoffs His 44 playoff points rank second only to Wayne Gretzky's 47 in 84-85.
The 1991-92 season saw another injury-plagued campaign, although Lemieux managed to play 64 games. The 1991–92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. Despite missing several games, he won his third Art Ross Trophy with 131 points. During the second game of the Patrick Division finals, the New York Rangers' Adam Graves slashed and broke Lemieux's left hand; Lemieux missed five games, but still led the playoffs with 16 goals and 18 assists. The NHL 's Patrick Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. The New York Rangers are a professional Ice hockey team based in New York, New York, United States. Adam Graves (born April 12 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former professional hockey player  The Penguins swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, and Lemieux won his second Conn Smythe Trophy.
The Penguins started the 1992-93 season well, and Lemieux set a franchise record with at least one goal in twelve consecutive games, from October 6 to November 1. The 1992–93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League.  He was on pace to challenge Gretzky's records of 92 goals in one season (1981-82) and 215 points in one season (1985-86), until January 12, 1993, when he made the shocking announcement that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Events 475 - Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Hodgkin's lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin's disease is a type of Lymphoma first described by Thomas Hodgkin in 1832 He was forced to undergo energy-draining radiation treatments, leaving his career and possibly his survival in doubt. He missed two months of play, and without him, the Penguins struggled. When he returned, he was 12 points behind Buffalo's Pat LaFontaine in the scoring race. The Buffalo Sabres are a professional Ice hockey team based in Buffalo New York. Pat LaFontaine (born February 22 1965 in St Louis, Missouri) is a former Ice hockey center in the National Hockey League, who played 
|"Notwithstanding Gretzky's abiding majesty, posterity will never forget that no athlete — not even the sainted Lou Gehrig — has ever before Lemieux been struck down by a deadly disease at the very moment when he was the best of his sport at the best he ever would be. And since: Lemieux has achieved miraculously in remission, struggling, on the side, with a back injury so grievous that it has benched him after he merely laced up a skate. That is the stuff that answers people these days when they wonder where all our sports heroes have gone. "|
—Frank Deford, Newsweek
On the day of his last radiation treatment, Lemieux flew to Philadelphia to play against the Flyers, where he scored a goal and an assist in a 5-4 loss. The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional Ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After the game Lemieux earned a standing ovation from Philadelphia fans — a rare occurrence for a visiting player.  With Lemieux back, Pittsburgh won an NHL record 17 consecutive games to finish first overall for the first time in franchise history; their 119 points are still a franchise record. Lemieux scored at an incredible pace, notching an average 2. 67 points per game — the third highest points-per-game for a season, behind only Wayne Gretzky's 1983-84 and 1985-86 averages of 2. 77 and 2. 69, respectively.  Lemieux won his second straight and fourth overall scoring title, finishing with 160 points (69 goals, 91 assists) in 60 games, beating out LaFontaine by 12 points. 
The Penguins dispatched the New Jersey Devils in the first round in five games, but were upset by the New York Islanders in seven. The New Jersey Devils are a professional Ice hockey team based in Newark New Jersey. The New York Islanders are a professional Ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York. After the season, Lemieux was awarded his second Pearson Trophy, and his first Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance sportsmanship and dedication 
On July 23, 1993, Lemieux underwent his second back surgery, this time to repair a herniated muscle. Events 1632 - Three hundred colonists bound for New France depart from Dieppe France. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) He missed the first ten games of the season to recover from surgery, and missed 48 more games from back problems.  After the season, he announced that he would take a leave of absence because of fatigue brought on by his radiation treatment.  Lemieux returned for the 1995-96 season, and on October 29, 1995, he scored his 500th career goal in his 605th game, played against the New York Islanders. The 1995–96 NHL season was the 79th Regular season of the National Hockey League. Events 437 - Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 The New York Islanders are a professional Ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York. Lemieux was second only to Gretzky, who scored 500 goals in 575 games.  Lemieux finished the season with 69 goals and 92 assists to lead the league; he became the seventh player to win three Hart Trophies, and the fourth player to win five Art Ross Trophies.  Despite his return, the Penguins fell to the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Final in seven games. The Florida Panthers are a professional Ice hockey team based in Sunrise Florida, a suburb of Ft
The next season, Lemieux, playing against the Vancouver Canucks, scored his 600th career goal in his 719th game, and then won his sixth Art Ross Trophy with 122 points (50 goals, 72 assists) and earned his tenth career 100-point season. The 1996–97 NHL season was the 80th Regular season of the National Hockey League. The Vancouver Canucks are a Professional Ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Once again, Lemieux finished second only to Wayne Gretzky, who finished with 15 100-point seasons, and scored 600 goals in 718 games.  In his last game against his hometown Montreal, Lemieux tied an NHL record for most goals in a period, with four goals in the third.  The Penguins qualified for the playoffs again, but lost to the Eric Lindros-led Philadelphia Flyers in five games in the first round. Eric Bryan Lindros (born 28 February 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional Ice hockey player The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional Ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lemieux scored one goal and earned an assist in his final game, played in Philadelphia.  After the game, he skated around the ice and received a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd. On November 17, 1997, Lemieux was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming the ninth player in history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived. Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar The Hockey Hall of Fame ( Temple de la renommée du hockey in French) is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Through most of the 1990's, the Penguins' owners badly mismanaged the team. As a consequence of the team's free-spending ways earlier in the decade, the Penguins asked many of its big-name players to defer their salaries; the players, including Lemieux, obliged in order to stay in Pittsburgh. This forced General Manager Craig Patrick to make many personnel moves that were widely criticized by fans. Craig Patrick (born May 20 1946 in Detroit Michigan) is an American hockey player coach and general manager the son of Lynn Patrick and the grandson It only later came out that the owners' poor financial management was the real culprit in November 1998, when the team went into bankruptcy for the second time in franchise history. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their Creditors Creditors may file a bankruptcy petition against For much of the 1998-99 season, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Penguins would either leave town or fold.
At this point, Lemieux stepped in with an unusual proposal. Years of deferred salaries, adding up to millions of dollars, had made him one of the Penguins' largest creditors. He sought to recover this money by converting it into equity and buying the team. He also promised to keep the team in Pittsburgh. On September 3, 1999, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved Lemieux's reorganization plan to save the Penguins. Events 36 BC - In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompeius Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) United States bankruptcy court are federal courts that have Subject-matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases. This made the then-retired star the first former NHL player to become majority owner of his former team.
Part of the reason the court had accepted Lemieux's plan was because it was designed to pay everyone the organization owed, a feat that would be rare if it happened. In August 2005, the Post-Gazette reported that the Penguins had indeed fully paid the principal it owed to each of its creditors, both secured and unsecured. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, also known simply as the "PG" is the largest daily Newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh,  Lemieux was given much of the credit, according to the article, for his insistence that everyone owed be paid.
Lemieux became president, chairman of the board and CEO of the Penguins. He has since relinquished the president's and CEO's posts to Ken Sawyer, but remains the team's principal owner. In January 2006, Lemieux confirmed the team was for sale, but would consider offers only from those who will keep the team in Pittsburgh.
Lemieux's unique status as player and owner placed him in a potential conflict of interest with respect to NHL labor negotiations. A conflict of interest is a situation in which someone in a position of trust such as a Lawyer, Insurance adjuster, a Politician, executive or director The 2004–05 NHL lockout resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of the National Hockey League (NHL Because he was also an owner, Lemieux was no longer a member of the National Hockey League Players Association, although he still paid union dues to maintain his pension. Union Dues is the eighth Album by Classified. Track listing "Intro" - 102 "Crossing Lines" - A pension is a steady income given to a person upon Retirement, typically in the form of a guaranteed annuity.
By agreement with the NHLPA, Lemieux was paid the average league salary of about $1. The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been 4 million and it was from this amount that his union dues are calculated and deducted. He did not vote in owners' meetings, delegating this role to a Penguins vice-president.
He appeared to have sided with the league on key collective bargaining agreement issues and suggested that the NHL adopt a salary structure similar to the National Football League, which has a hard salary cap. Collective bargaining is the process whereby workers organize together to meet converse and compromise upon the work environment with their employers The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. In Professional Sports, a salary cap (often called a wage cap in the United Kingdom) is a limit on the amount of money a team can spend on player Lemieux and fellow team owner Gretzky brought the parties together in a last-ditch effort to save what remained of the season, but the meeting failed.
As a player, Lemieux was represented by agent Steve Reich of Pittsburgh, who handled all of Lemieux's marketing through his agency, Reich Publishing and Marketing. Reich Publishing and Marketing (RPM is a sports marketing business in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Late in 2000, there were rumours that Lemieux was attempting a comeback and on December 27 of that year he returned to the NHL against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 2000–01 NHL season was the 84th Regular season of the National Hockey League. Events 537 - The Hagia Sophia is completed 1512 - The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the "Leafs" and "Maple Leafs" redirect here For the former American Hockey League team see St The game was nationally broadcast on ESPN in the U. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to S. and on Hockey Night in Canada.
Lemieux proved that his scoring touch had not disappeared by scoring a goal and three points, including an assist 33 seconds into the first shift of his return. He was named captain of the North American All-Stars during the midseason All-Star game in Denver, Colorado. Despite playing in only 43 games in 2000-2001, Lemieux scored 76 points to finish 26th in scoring, finishing the season with the highest points-per-game average that season among NHL players.
Lemieux was one of the three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. The Hart Memorial Trophy, originally known as the Hart Trophy, the "oldest and most prestigious individual award in hockey" is awarded annually to the Pearson NHLPA awards and earned a selection on the postseason NHL All-Star Second Team.
Lemieux led the Penguins in the postseason and led in playoff scoring for much of it. His team surprised many by going to the Eastern Conference finals, knocking off the higher-seeded Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres along the way in six and seven games, respectively. The Penguins lost in five games to the top-seeded New Jersey Devils. The New Jersey Devils are a professional Ice hockey team based in Newark New Jersey.
Lemieux was limited due to injuries during his last four regular seasons, playing in only 24 games in 2001-02 and ten games during the 2003-04 season. The 2001–02 NHL season was the 85th Regular season of the National Hockey League. The 2003–04 NHL season was the 87th Regular season of the National Hockey League. In 2002-03, at age 37, Lemieux led the National Hockey League in scoring for most of the season but missed most of the games towards the end of the schedule and finished eighth in scoring with 92 points in only 67 games. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America However, Pittsburgh plummeted to the bottom of the NHL and missed the playoffs in each of those three seasons. Lemieux skipped some Penguins games in order to play in what would be the first chance at the Olympics in his career.
Notably, on December 23, 2002, during his afternoon radio show in Pittsburgh, host Mark Madden said he would donate $66,000 to the Mario Lemieux Foundation if the hockey great ever scored off a faceoff. Mark Madden (born December 29, 1960) is a newspaper Columnist, sports commentator, and Radio personality. A faceoff is the method used to begin play in Ice hockey. The two teams line up in opposition to each other and the opposing centres attempt to gain control of the That very night, the Penguins played the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh and Lemieux, who was aware of the challenge, made good on it when he scored the game-winning goal right off a faceoff during the third period. The Buffalo Sabres are a professional Ice hockey team based in Buffalo New York.
After the lockout concluded, Lemieux returned to the ice for the 2005-06 season. Hopes for the Penguins were high due to the salary cap and revenue sharing, which enabled the team to compete in the market for several star players. Another reason for optimism was the Penguins winning the lottery for the first draft pick, enabling them to select Sidney Crosby. Sidney Patrick Crosby ONS (born August 7 1987 is a Canadian professional Ice hockey player and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins Lemieux opened up his home to Crosby to help the rookie settle in Pittsburgh and Lemieux also served as Crosby's mentor.
On January 24, 2006, Mario Lemieux announced his second and permanent retirement from professional hockey at the age of 40. Events 41 - Gaius Caesar (Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel Despotism, is Assassinated by his disgruntled Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. This followed a half-season in which he struggled not only with the increased speed of the "new NHL" but also with yet another threatening physical ailment, a heart condition called atrial fibrillation that caused him to experience irregular heartbeats. Atrial fibrillation ( AF or afib) is a Cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm that involves the two upper chambers ( atria) of the Heart
Although he had put up points at a pace that most NHL forwards would be perfectly content with (22 points in 26 games) in his last season, Lemieux still remarked that "I can no longer play at a level I was accustomed to in the past".
In October 2006, Lemieux's ownership group announced that it had reached an agreement to sell the Penguins to Research in Motion Chairman and Co-CEO Jim Balsillie. Research In Motion Limited ( RIM) () is a Wireless device company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry handheld Communication James Laurence Balsillie (born February 3, 1961) is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and co- CEO of Research In Motion. However, Balsillie unexpectedly rescinded his agreement two months later after an apparent dispute with the NHL Board of Governors over purchasing conditions, leaving ownership of the Penguins still in the Lemieux group's hands.
On March 13, 2007, Lemieux's ownership group announced a final agreement for a new multi-purpose arena to be built across the street from the current Mellon Arena. The deal will keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for at least 30 years. Lemieux was instrumental in negotiating this deal, despite efforts to move the team to Kansas City.
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|Silver||1985 Czechoslovakia||Ice hockey|
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|Bronze||1983 Soviet Union||Ice hockey|
Lemieux played for Canada in the 1983 World Junior Championships (bronze medal), 1985 World Championships (silver medal), 1987 Canada Cup (championship), 2002 Winter Olympics (captain, gold medal) and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (captain, championship). The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games were a Winter Multi-sport event which was celebrated in 2002 2002 Winter Olympic Games Ice hockey games were held at the E Center and Peaks Ice Arena in Salt Lake City and Provo Utah The 1985 Ice Hockey World Championships took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia from 17th April to 3rd May. The 1983 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships was the 7th edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was held in Leningrad, Soviet Union History From 1920 until 1963 the Senior Amateur Club teams representing Canada were usually the most recent Allan Cup champions The International Ice Hockey Federation World Under 20 Championship (colloquially known as the World Junior Hockey Championship WJHC) is an annual event organized by the The Ice Hockey World Championship is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The 1987 Canada Cup was a Professional international ice hockey tournament series in 1987 2002 Winter Olympic Games Ice hockey games were held at the E Center and Peaks Ice Arena in Salt Lake City and Provo Utah The 2004 World Cup of Hockey is the second World Cup of Hockey (WCH an international Ice hockey tournament
At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Lemieux led the Canadian men's team into Salt Lake City, United States as captain. The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games were a Winter Multi-sport event which was celebrated in 2002 History From 1920 until 1963 the Senior Amateur Club teams representing Canada were usually the most recent Allan Cup champions Salt Lake City is the Capital and the most populous city of the U The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The team had failed to win a gold medal at the Olympics in fifty years but were still considered favorites to win.
Lemieux was second in team scoring with six points in five games, and led the team to gold by defeating the United States 5-2 in the final game. 2008 World Championship roster The following players were most recently named to represent the United States at the 2008 IIHF World Championship, finishing in 6th place The gold medal secured Lemieux's legacy and helped endear himself to the hockey community with such a selfless performance. His hip injury required several painkilling injections to keep him on the ice during the Olympics.
Lemieux was raised by his stay-at-home mother, and his father, who was a construction worker. Lemieux married Nathalie Asselin on June 26, 1993. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) They have four children: Lauren, Stephanie, Austin, and Alexa. Austin was born prematurely, weighing just 2 pounds, but he is perfectly healthy today. The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass The family lives in the affluent Pittsburgh suburb of Sewickley. Sewickley is a Borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 12 miles west northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River.
Popular nicknames for Lemieux include "Le Magnifique," "Super Mario" in reference to the video game character Mario, and "The Magnificent. is a Fictional character created by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. " Mario Lemieux is the youngest of three sons of Jean-Guy Lemieux and Pierrette Lemieux. He was born on the same day as Patrick Roy, in the same Canadian province, just 120 miles apart. Patrick Jacques Roy (ʁwa (born October 5 1965 in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada is a retired Ice hockey goaltender
He has a tradition of opening his home to young Penguins stars such as Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby until they settle into the Pittsburgh area, as he did with Jaromir Jagr following the 1990 NHL Draft when he lived in Mt. Marc-André Fleury (born November 28, 1984) is a Canadian professional Ice hockey Goaltender playing for the Pittsburgh Sidney Patrick Crosby ONS (born August 7 1987 is a Canadian professional Ice hockey player and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins Jaromír Jágr ( pronounced, born February 15 1972 in Kladno, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic) is a professional Ice hockey The 1990 NHL Entry Draft was the 28th NHL Entry Draft. It was hosted by the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Lebanon.
On March 30, 2007, Lemieux contributed $2,300 to Democratic U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign fund. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26 1947 is the junior United States Senator from In the past, he has also made contributions to the reelections fund of former Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives Richard John Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is a former United States Senator from the Commonwealth of 
He created the Mario Lemieux Foundation during the same year he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma (1993). Hodgkin's lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin's disease is a type of Lymphoma first described by Thomas Hodgkin in 1832 The purpose of the Foundation is to fund medical research projects being conducted by scientists.
Additionally, the Lemieux Foundation supports other organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Leukemia Society, the Lupus Foundation and the Children's Home of Pittsburgh.
In 2007, Mario Lemieux along with Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alonzo Mourning and Cal Ripken Jr. founded Athletes for Hope, a charitable organization, which helps professional athletes get involved in charitable causes and inspires millions of non-athletes to volunteer and support the community. Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29 1970 is a former World No 1 professional American Tennis player who won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments Biography Early life Cassius Clay Jr was born on January 17 1942 Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson September 18 1971 is an American professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Team Astana Warrick De'Mon Dunn (born January 5, 1975 in Baton Rouge Louisiana) is an American football Running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mia Hamm (born Mariel Margaret Hamm on March 17, 1972 in Selma Alabama) is a former American Soccer Jeffery Michael Gordon Anthony Frank Hawk (born May 12, 1968) is an American professional Skateboarder He is credited with being the first recorded skater to land the Andrea Jaeger (born June 4 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former World No Jackie Joyner-Kersee (born March 3, 1962 in East St Louis Illinois) is a retired American athlete ranked among the all-time greatest Alonzo Harding Mourning Jr (born February 8, 1970, in Chesapeake Virginia) is an American professional Basketball player who
Mario Lemieux has a considerable number of records, and stands in comparison along with Wayne Gretzky as one of the best NHL players of all time. Two records, points in a season and assists in a season have their first 10 listings as either Gretzky or Mario. Mario was most famous for his style of play, where he could carry other defencemen on his back and still score. Lemieux's career was cut short by Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has led many to speculate that his career totals would have been far higher if he were healthy throughout his career.
|Senior int'l totals||29||18||21||39||12|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Canadian ice hockey centre|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 5, 1965|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
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