Mario Lemieux may be known as the owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins nowadays, but during his playing days, he was one of the most feared and respected players on the ice. Often compared to fellow hockey great Wayne Gretzky, the two had a number of parallels in their historic careers.
On February 4, 1997, Lemieux became just the seventh NHL player to score a total of 600 goals. It took him 719 career games to accomplish the feat, just missing Gretzky’s 718 game mark. The historic goal came in a match up against the Vancouver Canucks, and Pittsburgh went on to win the game, 6-4. Lemieux would end up retiring briefly at the end of the season, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame later that year.
His skates of choice during this time period were the CCM Tacks 652, a model which the brand no longer manufactures and has become increasingly hard to find. However, CCM still offers high performance skates, with the latest tech innovations to keep players going at their highest level.