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Expectations were high in Pittsburgh when the perpetual basement-dwellers Penguins drafted Mario Lemieux first overall in 1984. It would take a few years, but Le Magnifique lived up to his reputation. He led the Pens to back-to-back Stanley Cups, collecting two Conn Smyth Trophies in the process. His 1.607 points per game in the playoffs is good for second all time. Lemieux added another Cup to his resume in 2009, this time as the owner of the Penguins.

Text: Lauren Shute
Photo: Bruce Bennett/Sports Illustrated

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