i'll never forget this guy... the impact he had on hockey, on pittsburgh, on everything. i mean, i live in saudi arabia and this guy made me love hockey. an absolute legend. penguins games (or hockey games, for that matter) are never, and i mean never televised here. yet on december 27, 2000, the local TV sports channel actually televised his first game against toronto (yes, with arabic writing and all). this guy was pure class and is argueably the greatest player to hold a stick on ice. gave me a love of hockey (and the penguins, especially) that i dont even come close to having for any other sport.
yes, people like mario lemieux have such an influence on even this side of the world.
Best wishes Mario and thank you for making hockey the game it is today. You'll always be number 1 in my book.
What a thread title to come on here and read. I guess we should have been expecting it, but still... it's very depressing news Mario Lemieux will never again play another hockey game. Seems rather surreal.
And this is such a sad way to end an outstanding career. I can't even remember who he played in his last game! That's really, really sad.
Really sucks, but I thought this might have been announced soon. Still, it's sad any time a player of Lemieux's calibur retires from the game. He's the best player I've ever witnessed, and the perseverance he showed by fighting past cancer and all his other injuries, while continuing to play on a dominant level, is truely remarkable.
My favorite player of all time, the man who started and re-sparked my love of hockey, and the man who has done everything he could to save hockey in the burgh. It's sad his career had to end like this, but I guess it couldn't be helped. His health and his family are more important. Best wishes to Mario. It was a privledge to watch you play all these years. You will be missed.
To my estimation, the greatest player to have ever played. But more than that, every single Penguin fan out there all over the world who gets the chance to watch and follow the Pittsburgh Penguins owes that to Mario Lemieux on so many levels. And he'll always be my biggest idol.