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Mario Lemieux

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux

Profession: NHL Legend and Owner

Nationality:
Canada
Canadian

Why Famous: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best players of all time, he was a gifted playmaker and fast skater. He often beat defencemen with fakes and dekes, and led Pittsburgh to two consecutive Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. He is the only person to have his name on the Cup as both a player and an owner (2009 Stanley Cup).

Born: October 5, 1965
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Age: 54 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Libra

Married Life

  • 1993-06-26 NHL scoring champion Mario Lemieux (27) weds longtime girlfriend Nathalie Asselin at Notre Dame Basilica in Canada

Events in the Life of Mario Lemieux

  • 1985-02-12 37th NHL All-Star Game, Olympic Saddledome, Calgary: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-4; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C
  • 1988-02-09 39th NHL All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-5 (OT); MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C
  • 1988-04-03 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak
  • 1988-12-31 Pittsburgh NHL center Mario Lemieux accounts for all his team's goals in Penguins 8-6 win over the NJ Devils; famously scores 5 goals, each in a different way: even strength, power play, shorthanded, penalty shot and empty net; also 3 assists
  • 1989-01-20 Pittsburgh center Mario Lemieux becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50 goals in less than 50 games; #50 in 44th game as the Penguins lose 7-3 to the Jets in Winnipeg
  • 1989-01-25 Mario Lemieux scores a goal and 3 assists in Penguins' 5-4 win over Winnipeg in Pittsburgh; sets NHL record by picking up a point in 14 consecutive games; record stands for 10 years
  • 1990-01-21 41st NHL All-Star Game, Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA: Wales beats Campbell, 12-7; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C
  • 1991-12-26 Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Joe Mullen scores 4 goals for the second straight NHL game as the Pittsburgh Penguins rout Toronto, 12-1; Mario Lemieux adds 2 goals & 5 assists and Kevin Stevens has 2 goals & 4 assists
  • 1993-01-12 NHL great Mario Lemieux announces that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • 1993-03-02 Mario Lemieux undergoes his 22nd and final radiation treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, then joins the Pittsburgh Penguins in Philadelphia and has a goal and assist in a 5-4 loss to the Flyers
  • 1997-01-26 Mario Lemieux ties NHL record with 4 goals in the 3rd period as Pittsburgh wins, 5-2 at Montreal; 39th career hat trick and 13th 4-goal game, tying NHL record shared by Wayne Gretzky & Mike Bossy
  • 1997-02-04 Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals
  • 1997-04-13 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game
  • 1997-11-17 Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame
  • 1999-09-01 Ex-Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux is approved as new owner of the struggling franchise; Penguins become first club in pro sports history to be owned by a former member of the team
  • 1999-09-03 Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially takes over the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins; Lemieux is first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he once played for
  • 2000-12-27 Pittsburgh Penguins center and part-owner Mario Lemieux scores a goal and 2 assists in his return to the NHL after more than 3 years out with injury problems and lingering cancer issues; Penguins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-0

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