The Philadelphia Flyers have had many great NHL players in the history of their organization. Many of these greats have been adored and honored by the fans in the city of Philadelphia whenever these men return for a visit once in a while. Eric Lindros should have been no different. But Lindros’ story is what separated him from the rest.
Lindros was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft but was eventually traded to the Flyers. Once Lindros stepped into the NHL, the rest was history. In his eight seasons with the Flyers, Lindros recorded almost more than a point per game. He was never able to completely play one full 82-game season in Philadelphia. This was the result of the copious amounts of concussions that he suffered.
Lindros won over the hearts of many while he played in Philadelphia, but he also won a couple of awards. Lindros won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1994-1995 as well as the Lester B. Pearson Trophy that same year, which noticed him as the NHL’s most outstanding players as selected by the NHLPA.
Though Lindros was a star on the ice, the city of Philadelphia had greater expectations for him. Lindros was unable to lead the franchise as well as show any leadership whatsoever during their Stanley Cup Finals run in 1997.
In that post season, Lindros was never able to perform on the big stage. Despite recording 25 points in the teams first 15 playoff games, he was only able to record one point in the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings, whom they were swept by. Lindros’ only point came with fourteen seconds left in the third period of the decisive game 4.
Lindros deserved to be honored by the city of Philadelphia and its fans. Lindros has done many things that not many NHL players have ever done. In 1988, at the age of 25, Lindros was ranked 54th on the list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players of All Time by The Hockey News. The only other player on that list who was close in age to Lindros was Jaromir Jagr, who was ranked 37th at the age of 26.
Lindros does deserve the respect of the Philadelphia faithful especially for all of the excitement that he help bring to the city. So finally tonight at 7:30 PM EST, Lindros will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame as part of Class IX.
Some of the notable names that Lindros will be inducted along with are Philadelphia Phillies‘ public address announcer Dan Baker, Philadelphia 76ers‘ head coach Doug Collins, and former-Phillies’ outfielder Johnny Callison. Lindros will be honored as one of the greatest sports people in the city of Philadelphia. Though this title is only in Philadelphia, it could be a start for Lindros’ induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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