Lemieux to receive Order of Quebec
Mario Lemieux will add another honour to his legendary hockey career when he becomes one of the newest members of the National Order of Quebec on Wednesday.
Lemieux will receive the rank of Knight from Quebec Premier Jean Charest, who made the announcement last week.
The Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner and 33 other recipients will receive the province's highest honour at the Quebec national assembly building in Quebec City.
The honourees are officially recognized by government decree.
Fresh from watching his team win the Stanley Cup last Friday, Lemieux is the only person to capture an NHL title both as a player and an owner.
Named to Hall of Fame
Born in Montreal, he led the Penguins to a pair of Stanley Cup championships in the early 1990s before being named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Lemieux was already a legend in Quebec when the Penguins made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1984.
Following in the footsteps of icon Guy Lafleur, Lemieux broke his idol's scoring record in his last year of junior hockey, piling up 133 goals while also posting an amazing 282 points for the then-Laval Voisins of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.