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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Mario Lemieux: Career chronology
A chronology of the career of Mario Lemieux:
June 1984 -- Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the No. 1
pick of the NHL draft.
Oct. 11, 1984 -- Made NHL debut at Boston. Scored a goal on his
first shot on his first NHL shift, against Bruins goalie Pete
1984-85 -- Won Calder Trophy after becoming only the third rookie
in NHL history to score 100 or more points (43 goals-57 assists).
1985-86 -- Awarded Lester B. Pearson Award by the NHL Players'
Association to the league's best player. Finished second to Wayne
Gretzky in scoring race with 141 points (48-93) and Hart Trophy
1986-87 -- Led Penguins in goals (54) and assists (53) despite
playing in only 63 games due to sprained right knee and bronchitis.
1987-88 -- Won Hart Trophy as league MVP, Art Ross Trophy as
scoring leader with 168 points (70-98), and Pearson Award again.
1988-89 -- Won second straight scoring title with 199 points
(85-114). Set single-season record with 13 short-handed goals.
Became only second player (Wayne Gretzky) to score 70 goals in two
1989-90 -- Finished fourth in league in scoring with 123 points
(45-78) despite missing 21 games due to herniated back.
July 11, 1990 -- Had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his
1990-91 -- Missed first 50 games recovering from a rare bone
disease resulting from a surgery-related infection. Won Conn Smythe
Trophy as playoff MVP, scoring 44 points (16-28), leading
Pittsburgh to first Stanley Cup championship.
1991-92 -- Won third scoring title with 131 points (44-87). Broke
his left hand when slashed by the Rangers' Adam Graves in Game 2 of
Patrick Division finals, but returned after missing only five
games. Won Conn Smythe Trophy again, scoring 34 points (16-18) as
Pittsburgh won second straight Stanley Cup.
January 1993 -- Diagnosed with a Nodular Lymphocytic form of
Hodgkin's disease. Underwent treatment in form of radiation between
Feb. 1st and March 2nd.
1992-93 -- Played in only 60 games after recovering from
Hodgkins' disease. Won fourth scoring title with 160 points (69-91). Won Hart Trophy for second time. Awarded Pearson Award
again. Awarded Masterton Trophy as player who best exemplifies the
qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
July 28, 1993 -- Had second back surgery in three years to repair
herniated muscle in back.
1993-94 -- Missed first 10 games recovering from surgery and a
total of 58 games with back problems.
Aug. 29, 1994 -- Announced he was taking a medical leave of
absence due to fatigue, an aftereffect of his 1993 radiation
treatments, and would sit out 1994-95 season.
June 20, 1995 -- Announced he would return for the 1995-96
Oct. 26, 1995 -- Scored 500th career goal at N.Y. Islanders in
his 605th game, becoming the second-fastest player (Gretzky -
575th) to attain the plateau.
1995-96 -- Won third Hart Trophy as MVP, becoming only seventh
player to achieve the feat at least three times. Became fourth
player to win fifth scoring title with 161 points (69-92). Led NHL
in power-play goals (31), tied for third-highest single-season
total in league history.
Feb. 4, 1997 -- Scored 600th career goal vs. Vancouver in his
719th game, becoming the second-fastest player (Gretzky - 718th) to
attain the plateau.
1996-97 -- Won sixth scoring title with 122 points (50-72).
Recorded 10th career 100-point season, second only to Wayne
Gretzky's record of 15.
April 6, 1997 -- Announced he will retire after the playoffs.
April 26, 1997 -- Had a goal and an assist in his final NHL game
as Pittsburgh lost 6-3 to Philadelphia and was eliminated in the
first round of the playoffs in five games.
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