OTD: Mario Lemieux nets a goal in all five possible game situations

On today’s date in 1988, Pittsburgh Penguins’ star centre Mario Lemieux scored five goals and tallied eight points against the New Jersey Devils to become the first NHL player to score a goal in all five possible game situations.

Lemieux scored a goal while playing five-on-five (or even strength); while on the powerplay; while shorthanded; while taking a penalty shot; and finally, on an empty net. Today, there is a sixth possibility: the shootout, which determines the winner of regular season games after a five-minute three-on-three overtime period.

The Royal Canadian Mint began selling hockey medallions in 1997, and that year, to mark Lemieux’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, a set of medallions was issued honouring him and the two other inductees, Glen Sather and Bryan Trottier. One set was issued in sterling silver with a mintage of 1,997 while another was issued in nickel. The series’ success led to yearly issues that would continue until 2001.

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