• Image of Mario Lemieux Gold & Black "66" tee
  • Image of Mario Lemieux Gold & Black "66" tee
  • Image of Mario Lemieux Gold & Black "66" tee
  • Image of Mario Lemieux Gold & Black "66" tee
  • Image of Mario Lemieux Gold & Black "66" tee

Mario Lemieux is synonymous with the number 66. Yet during his early days in Laval, he actually wore 27 to honor his older brother Alain. Agent Bob Perno, who along with Gus Badali also represented Wayne Gretzky, suggested Lemieux flip Gretzky's 99 upside down, thinking it would inspire obvious comparisons to the Edmonton Oilers superstar. Lemieux embraced the challenge, making 66 his own and spending the rest of his career turning hockey on its head.

The Backpage Press "66" shirt pays tribute to Lemieux and his signature sweater number, conjuring an iconic image worthy of hockey's greatest player. Lemieux's profile, as defiant and strong as the man himself, hovers in silence above the 66, allowing the number to do all the talking.

Sporting his distinctive Cooper helmet and the 66 on his shoulder, this is a young, hungry Lemieux, the unstoppable goal machine that used power and speed to shred defenses and to wreck goaltenders. This Lemieux, before the Stanley Cups and the Hall of Fame teammates, was a one-man gang of individual brilliance, the likes of which had never been seen before or since. This is Lemieux at his coolest. This is 66.

Original writing by Michael Dell

Artwork & design by Backpage Press

*Both the mens & ladies cut tees of the Lemieux "66" tee are printed on Championship Gold color premium American Apparel fine jersey tees. These tees are incredibly soft, comfortable, and flexible, and have all of the great qualities you have come to expect from AA. Be sure to go one size up when ordering American Apparel tees if you wish to have a roomier fit.

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