In addition to crippling back pain, he was also diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in January of 1993. This was terrible news for the Penguins star and he instantly began radiation treatment. Then the miraculous happened two months later when Lemieux returned to the ice in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers.
The fans in attendance provided hockey fans with a magical moment by putting the rivalry aside and saluting the returning Lemieux.
This is easily one of the most chill-inducing moments in NHL history. The insane thing is that he didn't just return; he helped lead the Penguins to a first-place finish right after completing two months of radiation treatment. It's no wonder this man is a legend.
More radiation treatment ended up keeping Lemieux out for the entire 1994-95 season, so naturally he returned the following year and led the NHL in scoring. The Penguins great ultimately hung up his skates in 2006 as one of the greatest of all time. He was out there dominating the NHL while recovering from radiation treatments and his return in 1993 served as an inspiration to many around the hockey world.