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1995-96 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey Alternate - Last 5-Goal Game of Career - Hart Memorial Trophy - Art Ross Trophy - Ted Lindsay Award - 1st Team NHL All Star - Photo Match - Video Match
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1995-96 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey  Alternate - Last 5-Goal Game of Career - Hart Memorial Trophy - Art Ross Trophy - Ted Lindsay Award - 1st Team NHL All Star - Photo Match - Video Match
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1995-96 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey Alternate - Last 5-Goal Game of Career - Hart Memorial Trophy - Art Ross Trophy - Ted Lindsay Award - 1st Team NHL All Star - Photo Match - Video Match
Lot #86

Scoring 5 Goals in an NHL game is a rare and celebrated accomplishment. Placed into proper context, it has been attained just three times in the past 22 NHL seasons. Mario Lemieux accomplished the feat four times during his illustrious career, tying him with Wayne Gretzky for 2nd on the all-time list and trailing only Joe Malone’s 100-year old record of five. The last 5-goal game of Mario’s career came on March 26, 1996 while wearing this sweater as he squared off against Wayne Gretzky and the St. Louis Blues on what was an emotional night, coming just a day after the premature birth of his son Austin.

This black alternate air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Mario Lemieux during the 1995-96 NHL season. The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Lemieux with the 1st overall pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Mario spent his entire career as a member of the Penguins, and eventually became the team’s owner. Lemieux’s career accomplishments are staggering. He ranks in the top 10 all-time in all 3 of the major NHL scoring categories. He retired following the 2005-06 season 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 is 2nd 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 four Lester B. Pearson Trophies as the NHL’s outstanding player, six Art Ross Trophies as the NHL’s leading scorer and three Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL’s MVP. Mario partook in 10 NHL All Star games and was named a 1st or 2nd Team NHL All Star 9 times! An Olympic Gold Medal and the 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.

The game wear on this size 56 alternate is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, numerous board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, loose threads and inner pilling. Penned in black sharpie on the collar tag is Mario’s number “66”. Shown above are a number of beautiful photo matches of Lemieux wearing this exact jersey during the 1995-96 season. Also shown above are some video highlights of Lemieux wearing this exact jersey against the St. Louis Blues on March 26, 1996. On that memorable night, Mario notched the final 5-goal game of his Hall of Fame career, ultimately a 7-point effort that was full of emotion just a day after the premature birth of his son Austin.

The Penguins first broke out their newly designed alternates on January 27, 1996. They continued wearing the new style throughout the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, 14 times in all. Pittsburgh got off to an incredible 11-0 start while wearing their alternates as they made a run to the Eastern Conference Finals, falling just shy of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Lemieux’s 1995-96 season was simply magnificent. Mario took to the ice 70 times and rang up 69 goals, 92 assists and 161 points, earning the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer, the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP, the Lester B. Pearson Trophy as the NHL’s most outstanding player, an NHL All Star Game appearance and 1st Team NHL All Star honors at Center. The Penguins gave their fans quite a thrill, making a valiant run at the Stanley Cup Finals for the last time in Mario’s storied career while wearing these newly designed alternates throughout those playoffs. This outstanding photo and video matched offering sports the coveted letter of honor and was worn by “Le Magnifique” during the third highest scoring season of his career and on the night of his historic 5-goal performance in front of the home town fans as Mario and the Penguins squared off against Wayne Gretzky and the St. Louis Blues, choice!