Retired NHL star Eric Lindros was honoured Thursday night as he was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame among such luminaries as Mike Piazza, Doug Collins and Johnny McDermott.
“I’ll never forget the first playoff game that we had at the old Spectrum. That place shifted. You couldn’t talk to anybody on the bench. It was that intense,” Lindros told Flyers TV. “It was a terrific advantage for us, but it was a bit of a jungle for the opposing team.”
Though Lindros, 39, has yet to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame – which will hold its ceremony on Monday – his 865 points in 760 career regular-season games put him in the conversation annually.
“I don’t think in those regards, what’s gone on in the past. I’m very proud of the teams we were on and what we were able to accomplish. That’s completely out of my hands,” Lindros told Sportsnet.ca of the honour that eludes him.
In eight seasons with the Philadelphia organization, Lindros helped the club reach the playoffs five times. He enjoyed four seasons with 40 or more goals for the Flyers and scored a career-high 115 points for the team in 1995-96.
After missing the 2000-01 season due to a contract dispute, Lindros signed with the New York Rangers.
Lindros again wore a Flyers uniform when he skated for Philly’s alumni team in the 2012 Winter Classic.
Throwback bonus: Pre-game analysis of Lindros’s first game as a Flyer