Mario Lemieux is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in NHL history, and it's no surprise that his impact on the game is still being felt years after he skated off the ice for the last time. The Montreal native was the first overall pick in the 1984 draft, and to say he lived up to the expectations would be a glaring understatement. Lemieux dominated opponents with the Pittsburgh Penguins for 12 seasons before health issues forced him into an early retirement in 1997. After Lemieux's retirement, the Penguins fell into peril before the legend stepped in to buy the team in surprise fashion. His itch for the game returned in 2000, when he came back to play for the team he owned for six more seasons before retiring for good in 2006. The big-bodied Lemieux's impact on the ice is one of the biggest of any player in history, but his abiilty to transition seamlessly into an ownership role makes him a one of a kind in professional sports.
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