Don Cherry on Eric Lindros: He was the best player in the league

Don Cherry joined Prime Time Sports to talk about Eric Lindros getting his number 88 retired by the Philadelpia Flyers, how he was the most dominant player in the league for five years and his unfortunate run with concussions

Don Cherry remembers watching a young Eric Lindros dominate in the OHL while playing for the Oshawa Generals. So it was no surprise to the broadcaster that No. 88 carried on such play when he arrived in the NHL.

“For five years he was the best player in the league,” Cherry said during Prime Time Sports Thursday evening on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. “He was absolutely a monster.”

Lindros will have his number retired and raised to the rafters on Thursday evening in Philadelphia, prior to the Flyers’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The London, Ont., native spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Flyers, before stints with the New York Rangers, Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars.

The oft-injured centre finished with 372 goals and 865 points in 760 games across 13 seasons.

From the 1993-94 season to the 1998-99 campaign, Lindros appeared in six all-star games and took home a Hart Trophy while accumulating a whopping 525 points in 370 games.

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