Mario Lemieux is one of the greatest players of all-time. When he was in his prime he was nearly unstoppable. Even though his career was cut short due to cancer, hip and back injuries and ultimately a heart ailment, he still managed to score 1723 points in just 915 career regular season games. I got to see him play a number of times during his prime and was always amazed at how much better he was than anyone else.
I found this video this morning. It gives a glimpse into the Penguins locker-room as well as some of the best goals of his career.
That goal versus Minnesota (North Stars not the Wild) was amazing. I remember watching that game on TV and just being stunned.
The ’87 Canada cup games were amazing as well. People often call this Mario’s “coming out party” and Mario himself will often talk about how being around Gretzky and Messier helped him learn how to be a leader and a hockey player.