With the 1st Overall Pick in the 1st Round of the 1984 NHL Entry, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Mario Lemieux from the Laval Soisins Amateur Team. He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1997 and has 2 official rookie cards and 3 rookie year alternates.
In 1978, Gretzky was the youngest leading scorer in the Junior League. By June of that same year, he signed with Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association. He has two official rookie cards and no parallels since they didn’t exist back in 1979.
As early as age eight Bobby Orr played for the Oshawa Generals, which was a junior ice hockey league and was an NHL Bruins affiliate. Bobby grabbed the NHL’s attention by age 12. He has one official rookie card.
As a young man, Phil played hard enough to earn a spot onto the Minor League Teepees where he went on to impress the scouts of the Chicago Blackhawks and was given the chance at the pro level in the season of 1963-64. He has one official rookie card.
With the 20th Overall Pick in the 1st Round of the 1990 NHL Entry, the New Jersey Devils selected Martin Brodeur from St. Hyacinthe Lasers Amateur Team. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018. And he has two official rookie cards with zero parallels.
Martin St. Louis attended the University of Vermont Catamounts, where he made an immediate impact in his freshman year. By his Junior year, he led his team and his school to their first East Coast Athletic Conference Championship. Martin St. Louis has five official rookie cards and seven parallels.