November 17 - Mario Lemieux enters the "Hall of Fame"

On this day 13 years ago, one of the greatest players in the history of the NHL received one of his biggest honors. Mario Lemieux was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame after becoming only the ninth player to be allowed into the Hall of Fame without having to wait the mandatory three year waiting period. Lemieux entered the Hall of Fame in 1997 as the only player to average more than 2 points per game (1494 points in 745 games).

In 2000, Lemieux made his return to the NHL. It didn't take long for him to regain his scoring touch, as he recorded an assist only 33 seconds into his first shift back after a three year hiatus. Lemieux would finish that game with a goal and three points, and would end the season with an astonishing 76 points in just 43 games.

In 2002, Lemieux would captain Team Canada at the Salt Lake City Olympics. He had 6 points in the tournament and helped Team Canada win their first gold medal in 50 years. Four years later, "Super Mario" would announce his second and final retirement from the game of hockey.





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