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Tom Samworth says
He is certainly a great example, no doubt. Not only did he do it all as a player (and through major adversity) but he ended up saving the Pittsburgh franchise later in the front office and eventually as the owner. Mario is certainly "Mr Penguin".
Lindy's World says
Thanks and fair point. And in NHL terms, did you have a particular coach in mind?
Good one - The Oilers could win the Cup without Gretzky but couldn't without Messier. Not only amazing ability but incredible leadership. To think - when he was with the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA, no one thought he'd continue as a pro.