How could a list of this nature be complete without the likes of Mario Lemieux?
Lemieux led Pittsburgh to two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, won a Stanley Cup as a chairman in 2009 with the Penguins, led Canada to an Olumpic gold medal in 2002, a championship at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and a Canada Cup in 1987. A gifted playmaker and fast skater despite his large size, Lemieux often beat defenceman with fakes and dekes.
He won three Hart trophies as the NHL's most valuable player during the regular season, six Art Ross trophies as the league's leading scorer, and two Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP. And it is important to remember that he was often competing against Gretzky for these esteemed titles!
Indeed, Lemieux, who tallied 199 points in his remarkable 88-89 season, remains the only person who has even come close to matching Gretzky's mammoth 200+ point seasons. At the time of his retirement, he was the NHL's seventh-ranked all-time scorer with 690 goals and 1,033 assists.And he is the NHL's all-time record-holder for goals scored per game played, averaging 0.750 goals per game. Moreover, his production held up in the playoffs as well, where he also holds the all-time record with a .710 points/game mark.
While not an official NHL record, it is particularly noteworthy that Lemieux is the only player to have ever scored goals in all five possible game situations within the same game: even strength, power play, short-handed, penalty shot, and empty net.