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Mario Lemieux in the 2000s

Mario returned to the game and retired again

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    Mario announces he's returning to play for the Penguins, Dec 11th 2000 Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario makes his return to the ice Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario's son, Austin, watches as his father's jersey is un-retired Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario and Jagr skate before Mario's return to the ice after retiring Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario celebrates with Darius Kasparaitis after scoring his first goal in his return to the Pens Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario celebrates his first goal back Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario salutes the crowd after scoring a goal and 2 assists in a 5-0 win vs. the Leafs in his return to the ice Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario in the spotlight during player intros at the 2011 All Star Skills Competition in Denver Photo: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT
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    Mario with Joe Sakic and Luc Robitaille at the 2001 All Star Skills Competition in Denver Photo: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT
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    Mario carries the puck for the North American All Stars in the 2001 All Star Game in Denver Photo: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT
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    Mario celebrates a goal vs. the Capitals in Game 2 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario, Game 3 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Quaterfinals vs. Washington Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario and the Pens celebrate a goal in Game 4 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario skates away after a Caps goal in Game 4 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Jagr gives Mario a hug after scoring in a 2-1 Pens win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. the Caps Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario. Focused. Game 1 Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs. Buffalo. Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario rips a shot in Game 1 Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs. Buffalo Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario takes the ice in Game 3 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs. Buffalo at Mellon Arena Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario winches after taking a hit in Game of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs Buffalo Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario scores with 1 minute left in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs. Buffalo Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario just misses on Dominic Hasek in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs. Buffalo. The Pens won 4-1. Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario carries the puck in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs. Buffalo. The Pens won 3-2 in OT Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario celebrates with fans after winnings Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs. Buffalo. The Pens won 3-2 in OT Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario after the Pens win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals vs. Buffalo. Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario. Anthem. Game 1 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals vs. New Jersey Photo: Doug Pensinger/Allsport
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    Bobby Holik hits Mario in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Photo: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT
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    Celebrating a Pens goal in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Devils Photo: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT
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    The Penguins celebrate a goal vs. NJ in the Conference Finals Photo: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT
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    Faceoff vs. NJ in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Photo: Al Bello/ALLSPORT
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    Mario leaves the ice after the Pens lose Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Devils Photo: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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    Mario with Paul Kariya and Brendan Shanahan at the 2002 NHL All Star Skills Competition at the Staples Center in LA Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI
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    2002 NHL All Star Skills Competition at the Staples Center in LA Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario chats with Paul Kariya of the Ducks at the 2002 NHL All Star Skills Competition at the Staples Center in LA Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI
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    2002 NHL All Star Skills Competition at the Staples Center in LA Photo: Robert LaBerge/Getty Images/NHLI
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    2002 NHL All Star Skills Competition at the Staples Center in LA Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images/NHLI
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    2002 NHL All Star Skills Competition at the Staples Center in LA Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario takes a shot on Dominik Hasek during the Dodge NHL SuperSkills competition at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario takes a shot on Dominik Hasek during the Dodge NHL SuperSkills competition at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California Photo: Robert LaBerge/Getty Images/NHLI
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    2002 North American All Star Team Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images/NHLI
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    The World Team beat Mario and the North American Team 21-11 in 2002 Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario with Jeremy Roenick of the Flyers at the 2002 NHL All Star Skills Competition Photo: Robert LaBerge/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario after a 5-2 loss to Sweden at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
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    Mario skates with the puck during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
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    Carrying the puck for Team Canada vs. Sweden in the Salt Lake City Olympic Games Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images
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    Mario and Jagr face off in the 2002 Salt Lake Games Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images
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    Mario. Jagr. 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
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    Team Canada Captain 2002 Photo: ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario takes a shot on Dominik Hasek of the Czech Republic in the 2002 Winter Games Photo: ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario scores a first period goal vs. the Czech Republic in 2002 Photo: ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images
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    Former teammates face off for their countries in 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake Photo: ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario celebrates after setting up a Steve Yzerman goal vs. Finland in the 2002 Winter Games Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario celebrates winning the gold for Team Canada over Team USA in Salt Lake Photo: ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images
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    Captain Mario skates after Team Canada's 5-2 win over the USA in the gold medal game in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah Photo: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario. 2002. Golden. Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mario smiling before taking on the Maple Leafs in 2002. Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario gets gold in the 2002 Salt Lake Games with Team Canada Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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    Celebrating a goal against the Leafs in Oct 2002 Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario fires a shot vs. Toronto in 2002 Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario vs. the Maple Leafs. 2002. Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario's sketchy face. 2002. Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images/NHLI
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    Mario on the bench in a 2003 game vs. Atlanta Photo: Scott Cunningham Getty Images/NHLI
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    Amhad Rashad, Mario and Michael Jordan at the 2004 Ryder Cup in Detroit Photo: A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images
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    Mario at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey Championship in Toronto Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images
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    Mario and Jarome Iginla celebrate a Team Canada goal in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey Championship Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
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    Mario leaves the ice at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey Championship in Toronto Photo: By Dave Sandford/Getty Images
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    Mario skates with the trophy after Canada defeated Finland in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey Championship Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images
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    With the first overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins select, Sidney Crosby Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
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    Mario welcomes Sid to the Penguins at the 2005 NHL Draft Photo: Andre Ringuette/Getty Images
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    Welcome aboard Sidney Crosby. 2005 NHL Draft. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
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    Mario and Sid posing at the 2005 NHL Draft Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images for NHL
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    Mario and Sid posing at the 2005 NHL Draft Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images for NHL
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    Mario and Sid posing at the 2005 NHL Draft Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images for NHL
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    Mario and Sid. 2005 NHL Draft Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images for NHL
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    Mario and Sid. 2005 NHL Draft Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images for NHL
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    Sid and Mario getting ready to take on Columubs in a 2005 preseason game Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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    Mario skates vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets during a preseason game at Mellon Arena on September 27, 2005 Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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    NHL opening night 2005. Sid and Mario. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
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    Sid and Mario talking on the ice in game vs. Devils 2005 Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
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    Mario takes the ice in Buffalo, Oct. 2005 Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images
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    Head coach Eddie Olczyk with Mario and Sid in 2005 at Mellon Arena Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images
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    Aaron Ward takes out Mario in 2005 game in Carolina Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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    Mario skates vs. Buffalo in 2005 Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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    January 2006. Mario officially retires again. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images
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    January 2006. Mario officially retires again. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images