Since the beginning, I always loved the game. When you grow up in Montreal, one day you want to be a professional hockey player. When I was six or seven, I knew that was what I wanted.— Mario Lemieux
The most captivate Mario Lemieux quotes that are new and everybody is talking about
I think people in Montreal smoke a lot, and I used to smoke when I was 17-18, and just picked it up when I was playing juniors. But I think I stopped when I was 22, which was a big decision in my life.
Since the beginning, I always loved the game.
I think that with a lot of hard work and dedication, I feel that I could be the best in the world. I'm still only 35 years old... I have a fresh start physically and mentally, and I feel that I can achieve my goal to be the best again.
He's only 4 years old, so I don't think he realized, you know, that I played so many years. Of course, we watch tapes here from the Stanley Cup years, but I don't think he realized how many years I played.
One thing I hate is people screaming at me.
If you want me to do something, talk to me. When someone screams at me to hurry up, I slow down.
I didn't like the way the game was being played.
Once I'm at the arena with the guys in the dressing room, and in the bus, and on the plane, I'm a player. And I sit in the back with the players and I play cards and try to take their money.
I don't order fries with my club sandwich.
Certainly we're not satisfied with just winning games.
We've been playing some pretty good hockey, but we think we can play much better.
The first few games that we played against some of the teams, the young guys, you know, want a stick sign or photo sign, and I think that they respect what I have achieved throughout my career.
When I'm able to see the ice ahead of time when I get the puck, I'm able to make some pretty good plays.
Red wine is a great accompaniment to meat.
I didn't speak English until I came to Pittsburgh.
Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be.
Oh, I did stop smoking a long time ago.
Of course, my family has been a big reason for me to come back, especially my son who loves the game of hockey - he was a big reason for me coming back.
It was great to play with some of my old linemates.
As I've said, in 2007, we're free to go and we'll just have to do what's best for the business.
I think we have to show some pride in the jersey that we are wearing, and can’t quit.
My body's feeling it a little bit. But one good thing, my back is in good shape, and that's my main concern. I know that my legs are going to take awhile to get back to where I was a few years ago, but as long as my back is solid, I feel that I can play many years.
I can no longer play at a level I was accustomed to in the past.
Everybody I talked to - from my friends to my family and some of the players - really gave me a lot of support from the start. And that certainly made me feel good about trying to come back and be one of the best again.
Play without fear, and you will be successful.
When it comes to hockey, it's been in my blood since I was 3 or 4 years old.
I love coaching the kids, especially at that level.
When someone screams at me to hurry up, I slow down.
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a professional hockey player.
I have two main reasons for retiring.
The first is I can no longer play at a level I was accustomed to in the past. That has been very, very frustrating to me throughout this past year. The second one is realizing my health, along with my family, is the most important thing in the world.
My son, he is the reason I got involved.
It's been a joy to be around him and teach him the stuff that I know, and to the other kids as well. When he started playing I wanted to be involved in his hockey career. It's a lot of fun for both of us.
Depending on how we start the season, I can play center or wing... It doesn't matter to me.
I don't try to match wine with food, I just drink what I like.
And I think a lot of people are going towards that now, which never used to be in the past.
I think the lottery changed everything for us.
Once we got Sidney, it helped us turn this franchise around overnight.
I think the game has opened up, and that's why I decided to come back and try to be a part of it.
I'm sorry I didn't feel any better or play any better, but that's what happens at the end of careers.
All I can say to the young players is, enjoy every moment of it.
Just enjoy every moment of it. Your career goes by very quickly.
Well, I think just a desire to come back and be a part of the game again.