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1. Mario Lemieux

The city of Pittsburgh should erect as many statues as possible of Mario Lemieux.  If it wasn’t for him, there is a good chance that Pittsburgh Penguins would not exist today.  The Penguins did not draw well, and they were more often than not on the losing end, but everything changed when "Super Mario" was drafted first overall in the 1984 Draft.

1996-98 Hockey HOF Inductees are up

Over the last few months, we here at Notinhalloffame.com have been so focused on other endeavors at the site, that we neglected to tell you about the continuing opportunity fro you to cast your opinion on existing Hockey Hall of Famers.

With that in mind, we here at Notinhhalloffame.com have expended greatly to allow you to vote on Hockey Hall of Fame inductees from 1996-98.

The Players/Builders from that existing time frame include:

The 1996 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Al Arbour, the Head Coach of the New York Islanders dynasty.

Bobby Bauer, a three time Lady Byng winner and two time Stanley Cup winner with the Boston Bruins. 

Borje Salming, a star Defenceman from Sweden who was known for his play with the Toronto Maple Leafs

The 1997 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Bryan Trottier, a gifted playmaker and seven time Stanley Cup Champion. 

Glen Sather, the Head Coach and pseudo-architect of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty.

Mario Lemieux, the two time Stanley Cup Winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins, three time Hart Trophy winner and six time Art Ross Trophy Winner.

The 1998 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Michel Goulet, a former star for the Quebec Nordiques, a three time First Team All Star and a two time Second Team All Star.

Monsignor Athol Murray, who helped developed amateur hockey in Saskatchewan.

Peter Stastny, the Czechoslovakian born forward who became a six time All Star with the Quebec Nordiques.

Roy Conacher, a two time Stanley Cup Champion with the Boston Bruins and a former Art Ross Trophy winner.

I think you know what we are looking for you to do!

When your time permits, take a look at this group and let us know if their Hall of Fame inductions are justified!

Our All-Time Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins were part of the first wave of expansion in 1967, and they were off to a horrible start.  When they did make the playoffs, they were often bounced early, and fans grew tired. By 1983, the Penguins were close to folding or relocation, but then the words happened: 

Mario Lemieux.

Lemieux became an instant superstar and a must-watch team.  His existence saved the franchise, and with the addition of Jaromir Jagr and other stars, the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. 

Years later, with the Penguins in financial trouble again, Lemieux would buy the team and save it the organization from the same fate it had years before.  With the top pick in 2005, they chose Sidney Crosby, and with him and later Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins would win the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

As for all of our top 50 players in hockey we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NHL.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Mario Lemieux

2. Sidney Crosby

3. Jaromir Jagr

4. Evgeni Malkin

5. Marc-Andre Fleury

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for our All-Time Top 50 Chicago Cubs coming next!

As always we thank you for your support.

Mario Lemieux

There is so much that can be said about Mario Lemieux, that a fewparagraphs just don’t seem to cut it.  Putting it simply, Mario Lemieux is one of the greatest scorers in the history of hockey who seemed to have infinite ways to fool goaltenders.  As such, he was one of the most exciting players in the league and challenged Wayne Gretzky as the top player in the game.  It can be argued (and we will) that Mario’s presence in Pittsburgh saved that franchise from relocation in the 80’s.  
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