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Today In Sports History December 27th: Super Mario Returns

Mario Lemieux returns cancer

Today in sports history December 27th, 2000. Mario Lemiuex returns to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins after a 3.5 year absence. Super Mario returned after he had to retire due to health issues and frustration with the way the game was being played.

Lemieux looked like he never missed a day as he picked up an assist on his first shift back. Later, he scored a goal and set up another to finished his first game back with three points in a 5-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played the final 43 games of the 2000-01 season and scored 35 goals and 76 points.

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