Mario Lemieux's arrival in Pittsburgh in 1984 changed the city and the course of hockey history.
Lemieux became one of the League's all-time greatest players and helped establish Pittsburgh as one of the best hockey cities in the United States. His skill and size was unprecedented, and eventually Le Magnifique led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992.
His 1992-93 season became one of the most remarkable for a professional athlete in the history of organized sport, not just the one played on ice with a puck and some sticks. Lemieux had missed more than 100 games with back problems in his career, but on Jan. 12, 1993, the Penguins announced their 27-year-old superstar center had cancer.