clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

On this date in Penguins history: Mario Lemieux shines in comeback game vs. Maple Leafs

New, comments

Lemieux scored three points in his first game in nearly four years.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Pittsburgh Penguins

It’s been twenty years since Mario Lemieux returned to the ice after retiring in 1997.

On December 27th, 2000, Lemieux came out of retirement and took to the ice to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Before the game, the banner of Lemieux’s #66 that had been retired was lowered from the rafters of the Mellon Arena as Lemieux’s son, Austin looked on and Tina Turner’s “The Best” played over the speakers. What a moment.

More great moments were yet to come. 33 seconds into Lemieux’s first shift, he would register an assist, one of three points he would score that night, including a goal.

The Penguins would win the game 5-0 and Lemieux would have a stellar season that year during the 2000-01 season.

He would go on to play in 43 games, scoring 35 goals and 41 assists for a total of 76 points.

Simply the best.