Although he was unable to break Wayne Gretzky’s insane scoring records, Mario Lemieux’s performance throughout the 1992-1993 season may have been more impressive. Lemieux was on pace to challenge Gretzky’s records of 92 goals in one season (1981–82) and 215 points in one season (1985–86), until January 12, 1993, when he made the shocking announcement that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lemieux was forced to undergo aggressive radiation treatments and missed two months of the season.
Even though health issues forced Lemieux to miss 24 of the Penguins 84 games that season, Super Mario still managed to lead the NHL with 160 points (69 Goals / 91 Assists). Lemieux was awarded the Hart Trophy (his second at the time) as the league’s MVP.