NHL: New Jersey 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Jaromir Jagr scored a milestone goal 2:30 into overtime Thursday, carrying the New Jersey Devils over Los Angeles 2-1.

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Crosby, Penguins in long-term contract

Crosby, Penguins in long-term contract

PITTSBURGH, June 28 (UPI) -- Sidney Crosby has agreed to a new contract that will keep him linked to the Pittsburgh Penguins through 2026, the NHL team said Thursday.

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Penguins owner in talks with Jagr

Penguins owner in talks with Jagr

PITTSBURGH, June 23 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Penguins owners Mario Lemieux says he's spoken with Jaromir Jagr about the possibility of bringing the star right winger back to the NHL.
Canada honors NHL's Lemieux

Canada honors NHL's Lemieux

MONTREAL, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Canadian hockey great Mario Lemieux will receive another honor Friday when he is made an officer of the Order of Canada, authorities say.
Penguins feted with parade

Penguins feted with parade

PITTSBURGH, June 15 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by team owner Mario Lemieux, celebrated their Stanley Cup championship Monday with a parade and rally with thousands of fans.
Pittsburgh breaks ground on new arena

Pittsburgh breaks ground on new arena

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Local dignitaries, including Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, broke ground Thursday for a $290 million arena that will be the Penguins' new home.
Ovechkin milestone earns NHL honor

Ovechkin milestone earns NHL honor

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin was selected the top of three NHL stars of the week, the league said Monday.

NHL: Washington 5, Atlanta 3

ATLANTA, March 21 (UPI) -- Alexander Ovechkin Friday became the first NHL player in 12 years to score 60 goals in a season and helped rally Washington to a 5-3 win over Atlanta.

Lemiueux to get $21 million settlement

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Former National Hockey League great Mario Lemieux is set to receive $21 million as part of Pittsburgh's settlement of its 1990s bankruptcy.

Crosby named Penguins' captain

PITTSBURGH, May 31 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh's Sydney Crosby has become the youngest team captain in NHL history.

NHL: San Jose 4, Calgary 3

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 6 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton's two assists Thursday night made him the third NHL player ever to post consecutive 90-assist seasons, as the San Jose Sharks beat Calgary, 4-3.

NHL Penguins to stay in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, March 13 (UPI) -- It looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins won't be migrating to Las Vegas or anywhere else for decades. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell Tuesday said the NHL hockey team reached an agreement with officials from Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the state on constr
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Mario Lemieux
PIT2000060905 - 09 JUNE 2000 - PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, USA:Mario Lemieux tees off on the tenth hole at the Mellon Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament. UPI ac/Archie Carpenter

Mario Lemieux, OC, CQ (born October 5, 1965) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player. 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, having bought the team out of bankruptcy in 1999. He is the only person ever to win the Stanley Cup as both a player and an owner.

Lemieux led Pittsburgh to two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, won a Stanley Cup as a chairman in 2009 with the Penguins, led Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002, a championship at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and a Canada Cup in 1987. He won three Hart Trophies as the NHL's most valuable player during the regular season, six Art Ross Trophies as the league's leading scorer, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP. At the time of his retirement, he was the NHL's seventh-ranked all-time scorer with 690 goals and 1,033 assists. He is the NHL's all-time record-holder for goals scored per game played, averaging 0.750 goals per game for his entire career. In 2004, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Playing only 915 out of a potential 1428 regular season NHL games, Lemieux's career was plagued by health problems. His numerous ailments included spinal disc herniation, Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic tendinitis of a hip-flexor muscle, and chronic back pain so severe that other people had to tie his skates. He has retired twice because of his health (and also missed an entire season because of it prior to his first retirement): first in 1997 after battling lymphoma (he returned in 2000), and for a second and final time in 2006, after being diagnosed with an atrial fibrillation. Despite his lengthy absences from the game, his play remained at a high level upon his return to the ice; he won the Hart Trophy and scoring title in 1995–96 after sitting out the entire previous season, and he was a finalist for the Hart when he made his comeback in 2000.

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. Lemieux's impact on the NHL has been significant: Andrew Conte of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review called him the "savior" of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and after Lemieux's retirement, Wayne Gretzky commented that "You don't replace players like Mario Lemieux The game will miss him." Bobby Orr called him "the most talented player I've ever seen." Orr, along with Bryan Trottier and numerous fans, speculate that if Lemieux had not suffered so many issues with his health, his on-ice achievements would have been much greater.

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