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Not many people would argue with me when I say that Mario Lemieux is definately one of the best players ever. The Pittsburgh Penguins opened the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by making Mario Lemieux the obvious first overall selection. He quickly made his presence felt by scoring a brilliant goal against the Boston Bruins on his first NHL shift. From then on, he was given lots of awards and many of the NHL's top honors. On April 26, 1997, Mario Lemieux scored the last goal of the season for the Penguins, and the last goal of his amazing career. That year, Mario was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

Over his 12 season career, Mario Lemieux was awarded...

1 Calder Trophy, for the top rookie of the NHL
8 Trips to the NHL All Star Game
4 Lester B. Pearson Awards, for NHL MVP, selected by the players
6 Art Ross Trophies, for the top scorer of the NHL
3 Hart Memorial Trophies, for MVP of the NHL
2 Conn Smythe Awards, for MVP of the playoffs