Claude Lemieux returns to NHL with Sharks
Claude Lemieux returned to the NHL on Tuesday night after an absence of more than 5 1/2 years, suiting up for the San Jose Sharks against Vancouver.
The 43-year-old Lemieux is a four-time Stanley Cup winner and former playoff MVP, but he hadn't played in hockey's top league since the 2003 postseason with Dallas. He began his comeback nearly two months ago with the top minor league affiliate of the Sharks, who recalled him for their final game before the All-Star break.
Lemieux wore a teal No. 32 jersey when he skated out among his teammates for pregame warmups. He entered the game with 17:56 left in the first period, receiving a steady round of cheers from the Shark Tank crowd while joining Jody Shelley and Tomas Plihal on the Sharks' fourth line.