30 Facts About Mario Lemieux

1. Mario Lemieux won the tournament in 1998 and has two top ten finishes.

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2. Mario Lemieux has competed at the American Century Championship, an annual competition to determine the best golfers among American sports and entertainment celebrities.

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3. Mario Lemieux had a second home in Quebec near Mont Tremblant which was built starting in 2009, cost US$20 million, and came to be known as the Chateau Fleur de Lys; he put the house up for sale in 2018.

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4. Mario Lemieux finally gave it up, perhaps due to Hodgkin's Disease.

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5. Mario Lemieux was selected by team Canada for the 2006 Winter Olympics, but declined due to health.

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6. Mario Lemieux showcased his amazing hockey intelligence during the gold medal game against the United States.

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7. Mario Lemieux played for Canada in the 1983 World Junior Championships, 1985 World Championships (silver medal), 1987 Canada Cup (championship), 2002 Winter Olympics (captain, gold medal) and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (captain, championship).

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8. On June 12, 2009, Mario Lemieux won his third Stanley Cup title, this time as an owner as the Penguins won a rematch with the Red Wings in the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, in seven games.

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9. Mario Lemieux was instrumental in negotiating this deal, despite outside efforts to move the team to Kansas City.

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10. Mario Lemieux was offended that Balsillie had pulled out at last minute and initially refused to return Balsillie's deposit, saying that it was in breach of their agreement.

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11. On January 24, 2006, Mario Lemieux announced his second and permanent retirement from professional hockey at the age of 40.

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12. Mario Lemieux opened up his home to Crosby to help the rookie settle in Pittsburgh, and served as Crosby's mentor.

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13. Late in 2000, there were rumours that Mario Lemieux was attempting a comeback.

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14. In January 2006, Mario Lemieux confirmed the team was for sale, but would consider offers only from those who will keep the team in Pittsburgh.

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15. Mario Lemieux assumed the posts of president, chairman and CEO of the Penguins.

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16. At this point, Mario Lemieux stepped in with an unusual proposal to buy the team.

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17. On November 17, 1997, Mario Lemieux was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming the ninth player in history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived.

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18. Mario Lemieux scored one goal and earned an assist in his final game.

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19. Mario Lemieux won his sixth scoring title with 122 points.

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20. Mario Lemieux won his second straight and fourth overall scoring title, finishing with 160 points in 60 games, beating out LaFontaine by 12 points.

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21. Mario Lemieux missed two months of play, and without him, the Penguins struggled.

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22. In that game, Mario Lemieux scored eight points and became the only player in NHL history to score a goal in all five possible game situations in the same game: even-strength, power-play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty-net.

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23. Mario Lemieux won his first Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player to his team, and the All-Star Game MVP award after a record-setting six-point game.

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24. Mario Lemieux claimed he was upset about the contract negotiation, and said that "Pittsburgh doesn't want [him] bad enough.

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25. Mario Lemieux was born in Montreal, to Pierrette, a stay-at-home mom, and Jean-Guy Lemieux, an engineer.

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26. Mario Lemieux is the only player to score one goal in each of the five possible situations in a single NHL game, a feat he accomplished in 1988.

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27. Mario Lemieux led Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002, a championship at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and a Canada Cup in 1987.

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28. Mario Lemieux is the only man to have his name on the Cup as both a player and an owner.

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29. Mario Lemieux led Pittsburgh to consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992.

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30. Mario Lemieux played parts of 17 National Hockey League seasons with the team from 1984 to 2006, assuming ownership in 1999.

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