The NHL Hall of Fame legend, Mario Lemieux, grew up in this home, in which his parents still reside. As a youngster, he honed his hockey skills in the basement. Mario has offered to give his parents a new home, but they insist on staying.
He spent his entire NHL playing career with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 17 seasons, he racked up 690 goals, 1033 assists, 2 Stanley Cups, one Olympic gold medal, 3 league MVP awards, and led the league in scoring six times. He holds the league record for most goals scored per game played (0.75).
He made his pro debut in 1984 at the age of 19, but his career was cut short by a number of ailments. In 1993, he missed a few months of the season while he underwent treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Chronic back and hip problems plagued him for years after that, causing him to miss many more games.
His physical ailments forced him to retire in 1997, and he was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame that summer, as the three year waiting period rule was waived.
In 1999, he saved the Penguins from bankruptcy by purchasing the team. In 2000, he came out of retirement becoming the third Hall of Famer to do so. He played parts of five more seasons, before retiring again after being diagnosed with having an irregular heartbeat.
In 2009, he became the first person to win Stanley Cup championships as a player and an owner.
Mario had two brothers who also grew up here - Richard and Alain. Alain had a long career as a minor league hockey player. He managed to play 119 games in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, Quebec Nordiques, and one game with his brother on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
By milwhcky @ 2011-06-20 19:10:37