Mario Lemieux was playing golf when he heard the news that Wayne Gretzky had actually been traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles.(Hans Deryk/Canadian Press)Lemieux was also inquired about his response to the trade that had moved Gretzky from Edmonton to Los Angeles ahead of the season. He had actually been golfing when he heard about the headline-making offer.

"I never ever thought that a gamer like Gretzky would be traded," said Lemieux, whose whole playing career would occur in Pittsburgh. "I think nobody is safe in our company and you have to be mindful that anyone can be traded now."

Gretzky broke the 200-point barrier four times in his profession, however not in the 1988-89 season, when Lemieux finished with that league-leading 199 points. The Great One amounted to 168 points that season.

And while creating this extremely successful season, Lemieux did not seem to be feeling the pressure of being a star player.

"I'm trying to put in individuals's minds that I can be one of the very best that ever played the video game," Lemieux informed Midday.

Growing up watching Guy

Mario Lemieux talks about maturing in hockey-mad Montreal. 0:42

Lemieux likewise talked to Midday about his childhood in Montreal, a home town that was the best location for a budding hockey super star to mature.

"I was seeing the Canadiens every Saturday night on TV and Guy Lafleur was the finest hockey gamer at that time," said Lemieux.

The rest of his time was invested sharpening the abilities he 'd put to use on the ice as a minor-league gamer and eventually as an NHLer.

"I was practicing a lot when I was young, I used to practice three, four hours every night," said Lemieux.

Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux is seen raising the Stanley Cup in 2016-- the 4th of 5 championships he has actually existed for in Pittsburgh, whether as a gamer or owner. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

There is just someone in NHL history who has actually tallied more points in a single routine season than Mario Lemieux, which person's name is Wayne Gretzky.

That trivia tidbit helps discuss why Lemieux was frequently being compared to the Great One and why CBC's Midday desired to push him on that concern, too.

When Lemieux talked with Midday in January of 1989, he was in the middle of his best-ever season-- one that would see the Pittsburgh Penguins star notch 199 points by season's end.

No 'rivalry'

In this May 25, 1991 file picture, Pittsburgh Penguins 'Mario Lemieux holds up the Stanley Cup after defeating the Minnesota North Stars, in Bloomington, Minn.(Jim Mone/Associated Press)His effort settled: Lemieux would skate and shoot his method to a Hall of Fame career that included two Stanley Cup wins, three MVP awards and six scoring titles along the way.

He likewise dealt with difficulty: Lemieux battled through injuries in his career and also dealt with a cancer medical diagnosis that injured his body and kept him off the ice for extended periods of time.

In 1997, he would retire from the video game. However like his childhood idol Lafleur, Lemieux would go back to the NHL a couple of years later to play again with the Penguins. He retired from the video game a 2nd time in 2006.

In 1999, Lemieux became one of the team's owners and he has actually given that assisted assist the company to additional success.

In his post-playing career, the Penguins have actually won three more Stanley Cups-- implying that as a gamer and owner, Lemieux has been present for all five of the champions in the hockey club's history.

Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky had been colleagues during the Canada

Cup in 1987.(Blaise Edwards/Canadian Press)But a lot of the concerns to Lemieux concentrated on Gretzky, including whether the two stars had a"competition"in between them. To anyone watching Midday, it was clear what Lemieux had for Gretzky was affection and regard." He's my idol-- he's been my idol for a great deal of years, "the 23-year-old Lemieux told Midday, after speaking about the excellent times he 'd had having fun with Gretzky throughout the Canada Cup tournament in 1987.

'Anybody can be traded now'

, it was clear what Lemieux had for Gretzky was adoration and respect.'Anybody can be traded now'
Mario Lemieux was golfing when he heard the news that Wayne Gretzky had been traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles."I never believed that a gamer like Gretzky would be traded," stated Lemieux, whose entire playing profession would take place in Pittsburgh. Gretzky broke the 200-point barrier four times in his career, however not in the 1988-89 season, when Lemieux completed with that league-leading 199 points. Like his youth idol Lafleur, Lemieux would return to the NHL a few years later to play again with the Penguins.


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