Athlete Profile

Mario Lemieux
Centre
Born: Montreal
DOB: Oct. 5, 1965 (36). Height: 6-4, Weight: 225. Shoots: Right. NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
International history: Member of the 1987 Canada Cup-winning team, scoring a tournament leading 11 goals. Won a silver medal at the 1985 world championships. Won a bronze medal with the 1983 world junior championships.
What he brings: What doesn't he bring? Provided he's healthy, Lemieux remains the most dazzling offensive player in the game. One-on-one, he backs defencemen off because they're so fearful that he will beat them with his repertoire of dekes and feints. Extremely accurate shot means he's capable of scoring from even bad angles.
Career highlights: Member of Penguins' 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup championship teams. Five times, a first team all-star and three times, a second-team all-star. Won six Art Ross trophies as the league's scoring champion and three Hart trophies as the league's MVP. Played in nine all-star games. Won the 1985 Calder and the 1993 Masterton Trophy. Already elected to the Hockey Hall Of Fame.