Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner and chairman Mario Lemieux, one of the greatest NHL players of all time, turned 50 on Monday.
To commemorate Lemieux's special day, NHL.com asked players across the League for their memories of the man known as "The Magnificent One."
Lemieux, who battled health issues throughout his 17-season NHL career, had 1,723 points in 915 games, all with the Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup twice as a player (1991, 1992) and as Penguins owner in 2009.
Internationally, Lemieux won an Olympic gold medal, a Canada Cup championship, and a World Cup title. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame upon his retirement in 1997 but returned to the NHL in 2000 and played parts of five additional seasons before retiring in the middle of the 2005-06 season at the age of 40.
The memories shared by current NHL players were almost as varied as the types of highlight-reel goals Lemieux scored during his unrivaled career.
Here they are: