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November 30, 2014

Great Moments In Hockey History: Mario Lemieux Returns From Cancer

The 1992-93 season would feature one of the most amazing stories in all of hockey history.

Mario Lemieux started the year off on record pace, setting the league a buzz with talk that he had passed Wayne Gretzky as the league's most dominant player.

But Lemieux would have to leave the league mid-season, announcing he  wasdiagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer. Lemieux underwent radiation treatment from February through early March.

The last day of Lemieux's radiation treatments took place on the morning of March 2, 1993, less than two months after his diagnosis. Later that night, Lemieux was in the lineup for the Penguins when they faced the Flyers at the Spectrum, and he scored a goal and added an assist.

Despite missing so much time during radiation treatments, Lemieux finished the 1992-93 season with 69 goals and 160 points in just 60 games. He won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies.

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