Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux is The Sporting News player of the year in the National Hockey League, and defenseman Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers is rookie of the year, the St. Louis-based publication announced.

Lemieux scored 85 goals and had 114 assists for 199 points, the fifth-highest total ever in the NHL and the most by a player other than Gretzky. Leetch had 23 goals - most ever by a rookie - and 48 assists in 68 games.