Mario Lemieux is born October 5, 1965 in Montreal, Canada. He is acknowledged to be one of the best players of all time.He played 17 seasons as a forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1984 and 2006. A gifted playmaker and fast skater despite his large size, Lemieux often beat defencemen with fakes and dekes.He is currently the Penguins' principal owner and chairman of the board. He is the only person ever to win the Stanley Cup as both a player and an owner. The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Lemieux immediately after his first retirement in 1997, waiving the normal three-year waiting period; upon his return in 2000, he became the third Hall of Famer (after Gordie Howe and Guy Lafleur) to play after being inducted. Mario Lemieux's impact on the NHL has been significant:
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