How's this for nostalgia?
On March 4, 1981, Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur scored his 1,000th point in a 9-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
It came off a goal with assists from Larry Robinson and Keith Acton, and it made him the 13th player ever to have reached that point threshold, The Montreal Gazette's Dave Stubbs reported Wednesday.
Stubbs posted a screenshot of a Gazette article that featured a Canadian Press photo of Lafleur waving to the crowd at the Montreal Forum after scoring that significant goal on his Twitter earlier this month.
But there was something special about the photo he didn't notice right away.
Standing to Lafleur's left is a 15-year-old boy in a suit jacket and tie, ecstatic to see the Habs legend score his 1,000th point.
But who could it be? Twitter user Jaret Dicks had an idea.
@Dave_Stubbs is that Mario Lemieux in the street clothes?— JD73 (@HabSoPo73) March 7, 2015
Dicks was right.
Stubbs wrote that Lemieux does not recall much from the night, except that he obtained he tickets by chance, and knew it was possible that Lafleur could reach 1,000 points at the game.
Lemieux would go on to become a legend in his own right.
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1984, Lemieux led them to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992 and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for most valuable player in the playoffs both times.
In January 1993, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, with radiation treatments reducing him to only 60 games that season. He later took a leave of absence from the game, citing the effects of his cancer treatments, and sat out the 1994-95 season.
Lemieux returned for the 1995-96 season, and picked up very much where he left off. He won his third Hart Trophy as NHL MVP that season and scored 161 points, more than anyone else in the league. He retired following the 1997 season.
But still, "Super Mario" wasn't quite finished.
He took ownership of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999 and mounted a professional comeback the following year, later captaining Canada to a gold medal in hockey at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Lemieux would win one more Stanley Cup in 2009 as Penguins owner, when Pittsburgh beat Detroit in seven games.
This isn't the only significant photo between an active player and a future superstar that Stubbs has posted on his Twitter account.
On Thursday he posted this one, of Habs Hall of Famer Guy Carbonneau posing next to a young man who would become one of the NHL's greatest goaltenders of all time.
Perhaps a brush with greatness is what inspires these youngsters to work wonders of their own. History works in mysterious ways.
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