Today in Sports History: January 12

By Jonah Sharf

On January 12, 1993, Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins made the shocking announcement that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Despite undergoing aggressive radiation to treat the cancer, Lemieux missed just two months of the season. When he returned from his treatment he was 12 points behind the league leader in scoring, and when the season ended he won the scoring title by 12 points. When he returned, he also led Pittsburgh to an NHL record 17 wins in a row, leading them to first place in the league.

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