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Throughout his career, Claude Lemieux was known for his ability to agitate his opponents and to come up big at important times in a game. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1983, Lemieux was called up to the Canadiens for good prior to the 1986 playoffs. Despite having registered 6 points in 19 career games up to this point, Lemieux made a name for himself throughout the 1986 playoffs, scoring 16 points in 20 games, helping the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. Lemieux would continue to play on a fulltime basis until he was traded to the New Jersey Devils in the 1990 offseason. Lemieux would enjoy a highly successful tenure with the Devils, with the pinnacle being winning the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 1995. His 13 goals in the 1995 post season earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. The following season would see Lemieux begin his tenure with the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he won his second consecutive cup in 1996. Lemieux would play with the Avalanche until 1999, before winning his 3rd Stanley Cup upon a return to the New Jersey Devils for the 1999/2000 season. Lemieux would also enjoy a 2 and a half year stint with the Phoenix Coyotes before joining the Dallas Stars to conclude the 2003 season. After playing 7 games in the fall of 2003 with Zug in Switzerland, Lemieux retired. However, in 2008, nearly 5 years after playing his last professional game, Lemieux began to work his way back to the NHL. After a stint with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, Lemieux skated in 18 games with the San Jose Sharks at the age of 43. Lemieux retired for a second time at the conclusion of the 2008/09 season.