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Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965) is a professional hockey player.
Currently (2002) he is both a player and owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins of
the National Hockey League. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Lemieux is
6'4" and weighs 230 lbs.
Lemieux was selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the in the
1984 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as best
rookie, scoring 100 points. He has won the Art Ross Memorial Trophy six
times as the league's leading scorer, the Hart Memorial Trophy three times
as the league's most valuable player, and has been named to the NHL First
All-Star team five times. Lemieux has topped the 100 point mark in a season
10 times, including a 199-point season in 1988-89.
Mario Lemieux led the Penguins to both of their Stanley Cup titles in
1990-91 and 1991-92 and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in both of
Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a form of cancer, in 1993. He
retired following the 1996-97 season, but returned to the NHL in December
2000, following his becoming an owner of the Penguins.
A member of the Canadian Men's Olympic Gold Medal hockey team in 2002,
Lemieux was second on the team with six points in six games.
Lemieux is widely considered to be one of the five greatest hockey players
of all time. Following his sudden retirement in 1997, he was inducted into
the Hockey Hall of Fame, as the usual three-year waiting period was waived.