|Early Hall of Fame Induction|
9/9/97 TORONTO: Two-time Stanley Cup winner Mario Lemieux (1991 and 1992) is the ninth player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier than the normally required three-year waiting period. A spokesperson for the Hall explained that the usual wait was waived, because of Lemieux's "outstanding pre-eminence and skill." This is a great honor for one of hockey history's greatest players, occurring just months after his last game. His induction was unanimously agreed upon.
The eight others before him to receive the same honor were: Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau, Terry Sawchuk, Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Maurice Richard and Dit Clapper.
The ceremony took place November 17, 1997.
Mario's #66 sweater was retired two days later, November 19, 1997, at the Igloo in Pittsburgh.
Update Dec. 27, 2000: Mario's sweater was taken down from the rafters, as he's unretired.
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