Super Mario retired from the Pittsburgh Penguins after the 1997 NHL playoffs and later became the first player in the modern era to buy the team he once played for. Lemieux returned to the ice in 2000 after 44 months. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics. After hip and back injuries, coupled with recurring signs of an irregular heartbeat and a canceled 2005 season, Lemieux retired for the last time in 2006.
The greatest athletes can’t always walk away.
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