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Mario Named To IIHF Hall Of Fame

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Mario Lemieux is already in one hall of fame, but he’ll join another.

Lemieux, a Hockey Hall of Famer, was selected to join the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in the player’s category.

Igor Larionov, Philippe Bozon and builder Art Berglund, along with Cammi Granato, Angela James and Geraldine Heaney will join Lemieux as new members to the IIHF Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place in May during the 2008 IIHF World Championships in Quebec City. The induction date will be announced later. 

The IIHF Hall of Fame was introduced in 1997 and now boasts 150 hockey greats from 22 nations.

Lemieux, who enjoyed an outstanding NHL career with the Penguins, was a world-class player in every one of his international appearances. It started at the 1983 IIHF World U20 Championship where he had 10 points in seven games. As a 19-year-old, he scored another 10 points in as many games at the 1985 World Championship, leading Canada to their first win over the Soviet Union in 24 years. At the 1987 Canada Cup, he amassed an unbeatable 18 points in nine games. The one-two punch with Wayne Gretzky at that tournament reached mythological proportions.

As a 37-year-old, Lemieux won the Olympic gold medal in 2002, leading Canada to its first Olympic hockey gold in 50 years. He had six points in five games as team captain of Canada. He closed his international career by winning the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, captaining by example with five points in six games.

Along the way, Mario Lemieux captured the hearts of most ice hockey fans around the world. He scored more than 1,700 points as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and won two Stanley Cups, six NHL scoring titles, three Hart Trophies as league’s MVP, two playoff MVP trophies, he was voted Rookie of the Year in his first year in the NHL and was a four-time MVP as voted by the players, among many other awards during his years with the Penguins.

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