With some hesitation I am featuring Mario Lemieux today. I say with hesitation because I do not know that I am capable of putting into words just how good Mario Lemieux was. I do not know that anyone is that gifted of a wordsmith. I am almost certain that I’ve never seen any writer truly capture the greatness of number 66.
Mario Lemieux is without doubt one of the greatest players ever to play the game of hockey. He ranks on most people's "Top 5" list, and many people's top 3 list. Based on pure talent, it is hard to argue that he is not number 1.
Notwithstanding his many awards and championships, and his impressive statistics, perhaps the most amazing thing about Mario is he did this while battling a chronic back and hip injuries and Hodgkin's Disease.
He was the complete package. He was a pure scorer and the ultimate playmaker fused into the body of giant. Often compared to Jean Beliveau, Lemieux was big and strong but rarely had to rely on brute strength to fend off defenders. Instead he left them baffled with an incredible series of fakes and dekes. With a few long strides he was seemingly untouchable in effortless end to end rushes. Rarely has a sport's dominant player made the game look so easy and natural.
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