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Mario Lemieux Biography
Mario Lemieux was born October 5, 1965 and is a retired Canadian ice hockey player. He played 17 seasons as a centre for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1984 and 2005. He is currently the Penguins' principal owner and chairman of the board, having bought the team out of bankruptcy in 1999.
Lemieux led Pittsburgh to two Stanley Cups, and Canada to an Olympic gold medal and two World Cups of Hockey. He won three Hart Trophies as the NHL's most valuable player during the season, six Art Ross Trophies as the league's leading scorer, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP. At the time of his retirement, he was the NHL's seventh-ranked all-time scorer with 690 goals and 1,033 assists. In 2004, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Playing only 915 out of a potential 1428 regular season NHL games, Lemieux's career was plagued by health issues. His numerous ailments included spinal disc herniation, Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic tendinitis of a hip-flexor muscle, and chronic back pain so severe that other people had to tie his skates. 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 in 2006, after being diagnosed with an atrial fibrillation.
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 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 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.
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