This item comes from the personal collection of longtime New England, Hartford & Carolina equipment man Skip Cunningham.
This road black knit gamer by CCM and Century Sports was worn by Mario Lemieux during the finest season of his storied NHL career. Mario’s performance in the 1988-89 campaign is ranked among the greatest individual seasons in the history of the NHL. That year, Mario netted 85 goals and tallied 114 assists for an unbelievable 199 points.
Mario ranks in the top 10 all-time in all 3 of the major NHL scoring categories. He recently retired with 690 goals, 1033 assists and 1723 points. Try to comprehend what incredible scoring totals ‘Le Magnifique’ would have amassed if his health had allowed him to play an uninterrupted career. Mario’s average of better than an assist a game and nearly 2 points per game throughout his entire career is simply astounding, and the best in the history of the NHL.
Lemieux won the Calder trophy as league’s top rookie in 1985, the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States in 2000 and the Bill Masterson Trophy for the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey in 1993. The 1992-93 season was one of tremendous ups and downs for Lemieux. He assaulted the league with his gifted play, winning yet another scoring title despite having his season cut severely short due to Hodgkins disease. Lemieux is a 2-time Stanley Cup champion, having won the Conn Smythe Trophy in both of those seasons as playoff MVP. He won (4) Lester B. Pearson awards as the NHL’s outstanding player, (6) Art Ross Trophies for leading the NHL in scoring and (3) Hart Memorial Trophies as the league’s MVP. Double digit All Star games and handfulls of 1st and 2nd team NHL All Star selections are also part of the resume. An Olympic Gold Medal and a 1987 Canada Cup trophy also find room on the mantel. The accomplishments go on and on; needless to say Mario is among the small handful of players that can rightfully be discussed as the greatest to have ever played the game.
High atop the left breast of this CCM knit sits the Captain’s “C”. The game use on this sweater is light, consisting mainly of stick marks which are scattered about the lower front belly, the crest, the back hem and both arms of this gamer.