Mario Lemieux - 2000Super Marios comeback is arguably the most improbable return in sports history. Monte Irvin Jersey .After playing 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning two Stanley Cups in the process, Lemieux decided to retire after the 1996-1997 season at the ripe age of 32. Years of injuries alongside a scary diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma back in 1993 wore Lemieuxs body down to a point where he had to hang them up.After Mario left, the Penguins found themselves in deep financial trouble and declared bankruptcy in Nov. 1998. Lemieux put together an ownership group to buy the team in Sept. 1999, keeping them in Pittsburgh.Then to everyones surprise, he returned to the ice as a member of the Penguins two days after Christmas in the year 2000. The return was especially improbable because he announced his "attempt" to comeback just two weeks prior.So Mario had already won a pair of Cups in Pittsburgh, defeated cancer, saved the team from relocation and then did this in his first game back in three years against the hated Toronto Maple Leafs.Lemieux scored 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points in just 43 games the rest of that season, a truly remarkable feat. Mario played four more injury plagued seasons – winning Olympic gold in 2002 in Salt Lake City – before officially retiring in 2006.He may have never hoisted Lord Stanleys mug in his second NHL go-around, but the way Lemieux saved the team financially and persevered through his own personal health problems to get back to the top, makes his comeback the most memorable in sports history.Guy Lafleur - 1989Guy Lafleur is one of the greatest Montreal Canadiens to ever play the game.In his 14 seasons with the Habs he won five Stanley Cups and is the all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history, recording 1, 246 points (518 goals and 728 assists).However, during the 1984-1985 season Lafleurs production drastically decreased and he wasnt seeing eye-to-eye with head coach Jacques Lemaire. On Nov. 26, 1984, Lafleur announced his retirement to the shock and dismay of many.Three and a half seasons later, Guys itch to play the game returned and joined the New York Rangers on a one-year deal. In February 1989, Lafleur made his return to the Montreal Forum.He never came close to dominating in New York or later with the Quebec Nordiques like he did in Montreal, but his return to the Forum was closure for the two sides that left on uneasy terms.Michael Jordan – 1995Michael Jordans return is undoubtedly the king of sports comebacks in terms of success and domination.Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won back-to-back-to-back NBA championships from 1991-1993 as the undisputed best player in the world. Then, shockingly, Jordan announced his retirement on Oct. 6, 1993 citing personal reasons. He followed that bomb with his attempt at playing professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox.And we all know how that turned out.The Bulls still made the playoffs in the 1993-1994 season, but werent the same team without Jordan. The following year, Chicago struggled even further until Jordan decided to trade his cleats for sneakers and returned to the NBA.M.J. didnt miss a beat. This video is of his first game back on March 19, 1995 against the Indiana Pacers.The Bulls went on to win a second set of three consecutive championships from 1995-1998 with Jordan taking the Finals MVP honours each time. He also won the NBAs Most Valuable Player in 1996 and 1998.Jordans comeback was the ultimate, simply due to the fact that he was the best when he left and was still the best when he returned.Theres really no need to mention Jordans second comeback with the Washington Wizards in 2001. Lets try to stay as positive as possible here.Lance Armstrong – 2009This comeback was not as warm and happy as the others.After winning the Tour de France seven years in a row from 1999 to 2005, Armstrong decided to retire after the 2005 season when the first drug accusations began to surface.In 2009, Armstrong got back on the bike and finished third in the Tour de France. He retired once again in 2011 with more allegations of performance-enhancing drug use.Then it really began to unravel for Armstrong.In the following year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged Armstrong with performance-enhancing drug use and proceeded to strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. In 2013, after years of denial, Armstrong confessed to Oprah in a nationally televised interview that he in fact cheated.The return of Armstrong was negative for so many reasons, but mostly because it ruined the image of a person that was so beloved and inspired so many during his heyday. The cancer surviving elite athlete was long gone. Instead, he was considered a lying cheater.However, its fair to say that all of this would have still happened if he stayed retired after the 2005 season.Honourable Mention:Brett Favre (2008) – Technically Favre never truly retired. In 2007, Favre said he was done with football, but then proceeded to join the New York Jets the following year. He did something similar with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009. Sorry Brett, but being wishy-washy isnt the same thing as coming out of retirement.Roger Clemens (2007) – This return was cool because it happened on the bigger-than-life stage of New York City. Clemens had come out of short stints of retirement before to join the Houston Astros, but nothing compared to making his return to Yankee Stadium.Muhammad Ali (1970) – Ali never retired, but rather was exiled from boxing because he refused to fight in the Vietnam War. When he finally got back in the ring in Oct. 1970, Ali was as dominate as ever. Matt Cain Jersey .com) - The Carolina Hurricanes hope to remain perfect at home in January on Friday night as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to PNC Arena. Jeffrey Leonard Jersey . 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Calder Brooks and Gage Quinney added a goal apiece. Cory Millette and Mitch Lipon scored for the Blades (16-50-5), who dropped their 11th game in a row. Nick McBride made 18 saves for the Raiders. Troy Trombley stopped 31-of-38 for Saskatoon. --- WHEAT KINGS 4 PATS 3 (OT) REGINA — Eric Roy scored the winner at 2:18 of the extra period as Brandon slipped past the Pats. Peter Quenneville had two goals and an assist in regulation for the Wheat Kings (33-29-9), who hold down the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, and Richard Nejezchleb added a goal and an assist. Dmitry Sinitsyn, Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay supplied the scoring for Regina (39-25-7), which clinched first place in the East Division despite the loss. Jordan Papirny made 29 saves for Brandon while Dawson MacAuley turned away 31-of-35 shots for the Pats. --- BRONCOS 5 WARRIORS 4 SSWIFT CURRENT, Sask. 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Edmonds stopped 9-of-10 shots in relief. --- SILVERTIPS 5 ROYALS 3 VICTORIA — Ivan Nikolishin had a goal and two assists as Everett beat the Royals to improve to 10-0-1 in its last 11 games. Zane Jones, Manraj Hayer, Matt Pufahl and Noah Juulsen also scored for the Silvertips (38-23-9) and Joshua Winquist tacked on two assists. Victoria (48-19-4) got goals from Tyler Soy, Steven Hodges and Mitch Skapski. Everetts Austin Lotz made 23 saves for the win as Patrik Polivka turned aside 26-of-31 shots for the Royals. --- ROCKETS 6 GIANTS 5 VANCOUVER — Madison Bowey and Justin Kirkland each scored twice as Kelowna held off the Giants from a third-period comeback. Myles Bell had a goal and two assists for the Rockets (56-11-4) and Rourke Chartier added the other. Ty Ronning had a pair of goals for Vancouver (32-28-11), which trailed 6-1 after 40 minutes of play, and Dmitry Osipov, Joel Hamilton and Jackson Houck scored a goal apiece. Jackson Whistle made 29 saves for Kelowna. 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