Hall of Fame Worthy?

Standing 6 feet tall, and weighing in at 245 pounds.

Captain for Team Canada in the Olympics.

Silver medal and gold medal in men’s Olympic hockey.

Two time gold medalist at the World Junior Championships.

1st overall draft pick in 1991.

Top 20 all time in points-per game.

Hart Trophy winner.

Yes, of course I’m talking about my all-time favorite player, Eric Lindros. On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, the NHL announces this years HOF class. Big E is up for nomination, and I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Don’t look at the off-ice bullshit, it’s not that big of a deal. Fighting with management, as if he’s the only star player involved in that kind of stuff.

Instead, remember the sheer power, playmaking ability, and all-around awesomeness.  He was a force, easily the most dominant and best player in the NHL while he was on the Flyers. He took nobodies, made them into stars, and carried a franchise on his back.  With the team mired in a 5 season slump without making the playoffs, he made the Flyers an elite franchise again. John LeClair and Mikael Renberg became stars because of him.  Look at their numbers without Eric, and they are nothing.

Every team wanted him, every player wanted to play with him, and every opposing fan feared him. He was a perrenial all-star, and he stood out every time that he was on the ice. When he circled back, took the puck on his own blue line, and started to move, all you could do was get out of the way. And he wasn’t a pansy like Crosby, oh no. He fought, he hit people, he played dirty. Before cheap shots and injuries derailed his career, he hovered near the top 5 in points per game. He could score, he could pass, he could do everything.

I could go on and on, because I’ll always remember how incredible he was to watch. Since he left the Flyers a decade ago, we haven’t had anyone close to as good as him. He could dominate like none other in the Orange and Black. Had he stayed with the team for an entire career, there’s no doubt that he’d hold every franchise record. His number 88 would hover in the rafters, his highlights would be looked back upon all of the time.

I hope the voters made the right decision, and voted Eric Lindros into the Hall of Fame.

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