by Chris C., Crescent Collegiate, Whiteway, NF
Mario Lemieux is, to me and a lot of other people, the best hockey player who ever stepped on the ice.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, on October 5, 1965, Mario comes from a family of 3. He started playing in the basement of his home when his father made a rink with snow around the walls for boards. In minor hockey Mario scored over 250 goals in one year of bantam hockey.
Mario came into the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1985. Scoring in his first game on his first shift. He would go on that year to win Rookie of the Year.
Over the next 12 years Mario would win the Hart Memorial Trophy 3 times, Art Ross Trophy 5 times, and the Conn Smythe Trophy. He has also won over 15 more awards. When Mario retired in 1998 he had over 1400 points and two Stanley Cups.
Now, after 3 years, Mario has come out of retirement. He has again made his presence felt in the NHL scoring 61 points in 38 games. His goal is to try and lead the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup.