MARIO BEFORE WE HAD MARIO

A photo from last week’s Mario Lemieux Foundation fantasy camp: Some old radio guy with terrible hair, and a legit Penguins legend.

He had 53 goals and 58 assists in his second NHL season, 1975-76. That made him the youngest player in NHL history to score 50 goals and tally 100 points. He was the first Penguin to reach the 100-point plateau.

He scored 50 goals with Montreal in 1979-80 and 48 goals with the New York Rangers in 1983-84. He was the first NHL player to score 50 goals with two teams.

He won two Stanley Cups (Montreal, 1978 and ’79).

On his NHL career, he had 395 goals and 822 points in 812 games.

He knew where the net was.

He is Pittsburgh through and through. If only his shot had ricocheted in after hitting the post in Game 7 against the New York Islanders in 1975.

PIERRE LAROUCHE is one of a kind. Mario before we had Mario.

Thanks to Bill Sauers for the photo.

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