As a hockey player, Mario Lemieux's skill, determination, passion, and courage in the face of adversity had an enormous impact on his peers in the world of professional hockey. In fact his influence began before he ever reached the National Hockey League, and it continues through to today, eight years removed from his final game and now a franchise owner. This collection of quotations, curated by an experienced editor, features over 150 quotation-length recollections of Super Mario by famous hockey names, including Gretzky, Orr, Howe, Bossy, Bowman, Savard, Lange, and Robinson, to name only a few.
There are a special few athletes whose accomplishments leave us breathless, shaking our heads in amazement, wondering how they do what they do, and leaving us left with descriptions that seem like hyperbole but still manage tell the truth. Mario Lemieux is one of those unique athletes. All hockey fans can enjoy this tribute to arguably the most dominant player in hockey history, as described by the players, coaches, and broadcasters who had the good fortune to share the ice with No. 66 himself, Mario Lemieux.