Eric LeMarque

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Eric LeMarque
Born (1969-07-01) July 1, 1969 (age 50)
Other namesMiracle Man
Known forIce Hockey; Movie:6 BELOW; Books:Crystal Clear and 6 BELOW
Notable work
6 Below

Eric LeMarque (born July 1, 1969) is an international best-selling author of two books. He has dual citizenship, in the United States and in France. Growing up in the US, he played Division I college ice hockey with the Northern Michigan University Wildcats from 1987 to 1991. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins of the NHL at 17-years old after his Freshman Year. LeMarque recorded 14 points in 18 exhibition games with Boston and The Los Angeles, Kings. He left Boston to play on Europe with the Briançon in the Ligue Magnus. He was selected to France’s National Ice Hockey Team | Team France. He played ice hockey in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and in the World Championships for multiple years.[1] He retired from hockey during the 1999-2000 season and took up snowboarding focusing on the X-Games.

On February 6, 2004, LeMarque became trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains wilderness at 11,000+’. He survived for a 8-days by living in a makeshift igloo and eating pine nuts and cedar.[2][3][1] He was able to find his way back to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area after 8 days and almost 10 miles of hiking through deep snow and sub-freezing temperatures. [4]

Despite medical professionals best efforts he lost both his legs due to severe frostbite. [5]

In 2017, the movie 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain was released based on the book Crystal Clear by LeMarque.[6]


  1. ^ a b Branson, Tim (2010-08-04). "Eric LeMarque: A Survivor's Story". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ "Snowboarder Found After Week in Wilderness". 2004-02-19. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  3. ^ Speik, Robert. "Eric LeMarque, Olympic hockey player, lost snowboarding - loses legs to cold injuries". Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  4. ^ "Years after surviving Mammoth Mountain ordeal, Eric LeMarque relived it during filming of movie about it". 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  5. ^ "Snowboarder who spent days lost in Sierra loses both legs". 2004-03-06. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  6. ^ Alm, David. "'6 Below' Tells The Tale Of Hockey Legend Eric LeMarque Surviving Meth And Near Death In The Sierras". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-08-31.

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