Generals grad Eric Lindros’ #88 retired by Flyers
One of the OHL’s all-time greats was honoured on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
The Flyers raised Eric Lindros’ #88 to the heights of the Wells Fargo Center, the same building he helped open back in 1996 in the midst of his eight-year tenure in Philadelphia orange.
Once an imposing 6-foot-4, 240Ib. smooth-skating centreman, ‘The Big E’ amassed 659 career regular season points (290-369–659) over his 486 career contests with Philadelphia, good for fifth on the franchise’s all-time list.
He becomes the sixth player in Flyers franchise history to have his number retired by the team, joining Bernie Parent (1), Mark Howe (2), Barry Ashbee (4), Bill Barber (7) and Bobby Clarke (16) in that category.
In the rafters forever. pic.twitter.com/kFdK4H5BlL
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 19, 2018
“Very blessed that I could’ve played in Philadelphia,” Lindros said before a capacity crowd.
“These are one of those days you take for the rest of your life. It’s a special moment. You feel lucky.”
Lindros’ biggest NHL accolades included winning both the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player as well as the Ted Lindsay Award as MVP as selected by the NHLPA in 1994-95. He produced at a 1.14 point-per-game clip over the course of his 14 NHL seasons, finishing with 865 points (372-493–865) while making other stops with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars.
Internationally, Lindros won Olympic Gold with Canada in Salt Lake City in 2002 while also winning a pair of World Junior gold medals in both 1990 and 1991.
“Eric Lindros, from tonight until eternity, your number 88 will never by worn by another Philadelphia Flyers player.” pic.twitter.com/Rv4D14Yp8c
— NHL (@NHL) January 19, 2018
Before he rose to stardom in the NHL, Lindros was a teen phenom with the Oshawa Generals from 1989-92, leading them to an OHL championship and a Mastercard Memorial Cup title in 1990 before being named the OHL and CHL Player of the Year in 1991.
A career 216-point scorer (97-119–216) over 95 OHL regular season games, Lindros’ #88 was retired by the Generals on March 6, 2008.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 14, 2016.