Monday, October 17, 2011
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Now you may ask how does a kid in Indiana become a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Mario Lemieux? Well in the spring of 1984 I picked up the newest Sports Illustrated and read an article in the hockey section about the chances that the super kid our of Laval could save the Pittsburgh Penguins from shutting their doors. Well after that article I started checking the papers and magazines for stories on Mario and the Penguins and eventually just became a fan of both because of the remarkable turnaround and of course the super human ability of Mario himself.
Mario Lemieux is current 9th on the NHL's all time goal scoring list with 690 goals (all with the Penguins) and 10th all time in assist with 1033. This puts him 7th all time in scoring in the NHL with 1723 points. The amazing part is that among the Top 50 point scorers of all time he has the fewest games played with 915...imagine if he had been healthy his entire career!
He is the owner of 3 Stanley Cup trophies (1991,92 as player and 2008 as owner) and 2 Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP in 1991 and 92. He won 3 Hart trophies as NHL regular season MVP in 1988, 1993 and 1996. He won 6 Art Ross trophies as the regular season scoring leader and in the process broke Wayne Gretzky's stranglehold on both the Hart and Ross trophies. To top things off he was part of the Gold medal winning Canadian hockey team in 2002.
And to make things that much better he had the best announcer in all of hockey, Mike Lange, calling everyone of his games!!!
Monday, October 3, 2011
Today is the 80th birthday of the man they call Mr. Goalie, winner of the 1956 Calder trophy as NHL Rookie of the year. He also won 3 Stanley Cup trophies (2 as a player with Detroit in 1951, Chicago in 1961 and as goalie coach in 1989 with Calgary). He won 3 Vezina trophies as the NHL's best goaltender in 1963, 1967 and 1969 (playing with the St. Louis Blues he shared the trophy with future fellow Hall of Famer, Jacques Plante). He won the Conn Smythe trophy as NHL Playoff MVP in 1968 even though his St Louis Blues were swept in 4 straight, it was his remarkable play that kept all 4 games 1 goal victories. He owns the record for most consecutive starts in goal with 502 and he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.