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Mario Lemieux

            Mario Lemieux History of the Magnificent one.
             Many people criticize the opinion, and ridicule the belief that Lemieux is not even close the talents of some of the greats. They try to prove their point of view by comparing stats and figures, but I feel that this is unfair. Even though Mario has excellent stats, I feel to be able to truly see who is better you must look at all aspects of the game and skills of the players who play it. .
             First of all Mario Lemieux is not your typical fancy playmaker, he is a superb playmaker. His puck control is undoubtedly one of the best in the history of the game. He can make a fool of people with simple movements of his stick and his height makes it even harder to defend against him. Mario can execute mind boggling between the legs dekes to "undress
             •an opposing player where he stands. These moves bring thousands of spectators to the rink in hopes to see Mario doing the extraordinary. It is with these moves he was able to score a career high of six hundred and eighty two goals, this is an enormous amount of offensive talent, and is no small feat to accomplish. He has scored sixty or more goals a season more than six times in his career. It is these stats and stick handling skills that enabled Mario to score the most goals in the NHL in one season three times in his career. Mario has played in twenty-five games where he has scored three goals; nine games where he has scored four goals; three games where he has scored five, only a select few players have been able to make these numbers. Lemieux was also the twentieth player in NHL history to score five hundred goals. He is the only player in the game's history to score an even-strength, power play, shorthanded, penalty shot and empty net goal in a single game. These stats are incredible considering the increasing skill level, aggression and intensity of the game. These stats are just scratching the surface of Mario's extraordinary career.

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