The inspirational story of Mario Lemieux is not one that will be forgotten anytime soon. Mario's play on the ice laeves crowds in awe and his life story just made it that much more amazing. Mario is by far the best player who ever laced up the skates in the NHL. What makes him the greatest is, unlike other great players, Mario has both size and finesse. His speed, stickhandling, and size give him the ideal body for a hockey player. He can outskate opponents with his speed, deke them with his stickhandling, and check them with his size. He's had a hockey career that others can only dream of, but not everything in life has been easy for Mario. His health problems have kept him from being able to play even one full season in the NHL, and yet still he has the highest points-per-game average in NHL history at 2.005, beating Gretzky's 1.94. One can only imagine the possibilities of what Mario is capable of if he were at perfect health. At thirty percent health he is still much better than all of the players around him, at a hundred percent Mario could have broken every single Gretzky record two times over.
Not only is Mario an amazing hockey player, he's a great person as
He is a soft spoken, shy but humble man. When he arrived in Pittsburgh,
media felt he was snobby, but Mario was simply the shy kind of guy, as
of his teammates would agree that he doesn't say much in the dressing
but when he does say something, it's important and everyone listens.
leads by example, not only on the ice but also in overcoming some of
greatest challenges. On January 12, 1993 Mario announced that he had a
of Hodgkins disease, which lead to him having to miss two months of the
regular season due to radiation treatments. Right after his last
treatment, he took a charter flight down to Phillidelphia to join his
teammates for the game. Captain Couragous was back and scored a goal
assist on that historic evening. Not only did he overcome cancer, he
back and won the Art Ross Trophy for the league's scoring leader that
On the outside no one would ever know anything was wrong with Mario.
one thing about him that all of his trainers and coaches have noticed,
never complains about any pain, ever. Things came to a point where his
got so bad that he couldn't even bend down to tie his hockey skates, so
before each game one of the trainers would come into the dressing room
tie Mario's skates. Mario would then go on the ice and score 2,3
points each night. Mario has proved over and over again in his career
life that pain is not a factor. These are just a few of the many
that make him one of hockey's greatest players of all-time.
Although Mario has a room full of trophies, his greatest achievement was no individual award. No, instead it was one that him and his teammates worked for as a team for months; the chance to get to raise the Stanley Cup. He remembers as a child, how he dreamed to one day win the Stanley Cup, and bring it back to his home in Montreal. Mario lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in the 1990-1991 season, and again in the 1991-1992 season. Despite having a bad back and having to sit out games in the playoffs because he wasn't even able to skate, he recieved the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP both of those years.