From 1988 until 1992, Lemieux put on an elite display for the league, racking up points and awards in Gretzky-ian fashion. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992. He won the Conn Smythe both times compiling 78 points across the two postseason runs. His dominance of the game over this stretch put him, aptly, in the same category as Gretzky in his ability to take over and transform a game.
Following his retirement, the Penguins financial status fell into disrepair. After the Penguins filed for bankruptcy in 1999, Lemieux stepped in and bought a controlling interest in the team, keeping the organization alive.
The Mario Lemieux StoryShortly thereafter, in 2000, Lemieux returned from retirement to play in the NHL a second time …
Mario Lemieux played professional ice hockey for 17 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL (between 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 Quotes
Below are some random Mario Lemieux Quotes …
Since the beginning, I always loved the game. When you grow up in Montreal, one day you want to be a professional hockey player. When I was six or seven, I knew that was what I wanted. – Mario Lemieux
I think we have to show some pride in the jersey that we are wearing, and can’t quit. – Mario Lemieux
Certainly we’re not satisfied with just winning games. We’ve been playing some pretty good hockey, but we think we can play much better. – Mario Lemieux
I am looking forward to this year – Mario Le
It could always happen, but I don’t see any problems moving forward. – Mario Lemieux
It’s up to the community now to decide if they want to keep this team. – Mario Lemieux
He creates a lot of excitement, … He has all the tools to be a great player. He sees the ice well, he’s a great skater. He says he needs to work on his shot, but it looks pretty good to me. – Mario Lemieux
He’s going to create a lot of excitement around the league, especially in Pittsburgh, … We’ve seen that ticket sales are booming. People are excited. It’s really going to help us bring back the fans. – Mario Lemieux
We don’t want you at the rink, we don’t want you in the stadium, we don’t want you to watch hockey. – Mario Lemieux
Depending on how we start the season, I can play center or wing, … It doesn’t matter to me. – Mario Lemieux
Five or six teams have a real good chance (to win the Stanley Cup) and we feel we’re one of those teams. – Mario Lemieux
The kids love him and have a good time with him, so its been an easy adjustment thus far – Mario Lemieux
The Mario Mosaic is made with over 21 thousand photos from fans and supporters of the Mario Lemieux Foundation whom generously donated their photos as well as monetary contributions. The Mosaic can be viewed during regular business hours free of charge at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Mario Lemieux founded the Mario Lemieux Foundation in 1993 shortly after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and has donated millions of dollars to various area institutions since that time. At the time he was probably having his greatest NHL season and was on pace to break and establish a new NHL scoring record. However he became ill and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.
Mario devotes much of his time to the Foundation raising funds to help reach the ultimate goal: a cure for cancer. The Foundation has been successful with a long list of achievements including …