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His career interrupted by Hodgkin's disease and back problems, the Penguins Hall of Famer and owner emerged from a three-year retirement to set up a goal on his first against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He later scored another and tacked on a second assist in a 5-0 win before an adoring crowd in Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. Taking to the ice made Lemieux the first player/owner of modern major professional sports franchise. He finished the season with a remarkable 76 points in only 43 games.

Text: John Rolfe/SI.com
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