Canadian born Mario Lemieux played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins and in doing so, established himself as one of the NHL’s all-time greats. Lemieux was known for his impressive 6 ft 4 in frame and surprising ability to fake out defenders. In his career, Lemieux won three Hart Trophies, which are given to the MHL’s MVP.
On this day, December 31st, in 1988, Mario Lemieux became the first and only player to score 5 NHL goals in 5 different ways. In the game against the New Jersey Devils, Lemieux amassed a total of 8 points. Scoring from all five scoring situations was an unthinkable feat and fans watched in amazement as Lemiex scored in an even-strength, power-play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty net scenario.
Lemieux retired in 1997 and was named to the Hall of Fame that year. He would return to play for the Penguins from 2000-2006. Lemieux is currently the partial owner and chairman of the board for the Pittsburgh Penguins.