This Day In Sports History (January 12th) – Mario Lemieux
It was on this day in 1993 when doctors announced that Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Lemieux was forced to undergo radiation treatments that left his career and life in serious doubt.
Despite his condition, Lemieux ended up missing only two months of action and returned to finish the season. Without Lemieux in the line-up, the Penguins struggled. But when he returned, they went on to win 17 straight games, which still stands as an NHL record. Although he only played in 60 games, Mario still wound up winning the Art Ross Trophy for the most points in the regular season, with 160 (69 goals, 91 assists). In addition to the Art Ross, Lemieux was also awarded his second Pearson Trophy and his first Bill Masterton Trophy, which is given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Mario Lemieux is considered by many to be one of the greatest hockey players to ever play the game. One can only imagine what he would have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy throughout the course of his career.
Here are some of Lemieux’s greatest goals.
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