PHILADELPHIA, PA—On January 18, 2018, the Philadelphia Flyers will retire the jersey of Eric Lindros (No. 88), a 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee whose career with the Flyers spanned from 1992 to 2000. The event will take place in a pre-game ceremony, the team announced on Monday, August 28.
The 6 foot and 4 inch tall, 240 pound Lindros, 44, had a 13-year NHL career. He was traded to the Flyers on June 20, 1992 from the Quebec Nordiques (by whom he was selected first overall in 1991). After 8 years with the Flyers and a one-year hiatus in 2000-2001, he went on to play for the New York Rangers (2001-2004), Toronto Maple Leafs (2005-2006) and Dallas Stars (2006-2007).
Lindros’ career totals include 865 points (372 goals and 493 assists), a plus-215 rating, and 1398 penalty minutes. In 53 playoff games (spanned across five seasons with Philadelphia, four of which were consecutive, and one with Dallas, during his final career run) he posted 57 points (24 goals and 33 assists), a plus-8 rating, and 122 penalty minutes. He hit career-peaks in goals (47), assists (68), and points (115) in 1995-1996 and is also a six-time NHL All-Star.
Just before the 1994-1995 regular season (Lindros’ third) commenced, the center was named captain of the Flyers at age 21, the youngest in team history. That year, he played in 46 games and tied with then-Pittsburgh right winger Jaromir Jagr (both had 70, Lindros’ comprised of 29 goals and 41 assists). He was the recipient of the Hart Trophy that year, which is issued to the league’s most valuable player.
“It’s a really special honor. You look in those rafters and there’s been a lot of terrific, really great players who had a chance to play in Philadelphia. To be up top and hang high up there is real special. It’s a real special thing when you look up at those names,” Lindros said.
The Flyers will be playing the Maple Leafs on the day they retire Lindros’ jersey, a team which Lindros not only played for, but grew up watching.
“Growing up in Ontario, every Saturday night was a Leafs game. For [Holmgren] to pick the night the Leafs are in town is certainly special. We’re excited about it; a bunch of my buddies that are diehard Maple Leafs fans are texting away and getting organized for flights down to Philly. It’s going to be a fun night, and yeah, it kind of brings both sides together,” Lindros stated.
Before going pro, Lindros played for the Canadian National and Olympic teams, the Oshawa Generals (AHL), and Compuware (NAHL).