Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy dominated the NHL for 18 seasons while popularizing the butterfly style: pads to the ice, stick covering the five-hole as he dared shooters to find the slivers of space above his shoulders. Fearless, smart, technically precise, iron-willed and cocky, Roy is the all-time posteason leader in games (247) and wins (151). The 11-time All-Star also won three Vezina Trophies, three Conn Smythes and four Stanley Cups. As "Saint Patrick" celebrates his 51st birthday on Oct. 5, 2016, we present SI's 33 best photos of No. 33.
In 1984, Mario Lemieux was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as the top pick in the NHL Draft. Lemieux—which means "the best" in French—later snapped Wayne Gretzky's seven-year hold on the scoring title and eight-year grip on the Hart Trophy (MVP). A Rookie of the Year, six-time NHL scoring leader, three-time MVP and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, "Super Mario" made miraculous comebacks from Hodgkin's disease and multiple back injuries and, as an encore, bought the Penguins and saved the team from bankruptcy in 1999. Lemieux led Pittsburgh to two consecutive Stanley Cups in 1991 and '92. Under his ownership, the Penguins won a third Cup in 2009 and a fourth in 2016. As "Le Magnifique" celebrates his 51st birthday on Oct. 5, 2016, we present SI's best photos of Mario Lemieux.
1984-85 College Player of the Year, 1985-86 NBA Rookie of the Year, 11-time All Star and Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing turns 54 on Aug. 5, 2016. Here are 33 classic SI photos of No. 33 through the years.