No, not to play, but to be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. It may not be the hockey hall of fame, which is only a matter of time for Big E, but it means a lot for the city of Philadelphia and philly fans alike.
Lindros’ legacy with the hockey club is full of mixed feelings. His tenure with the club showed both the good and bad side of hockey. He was a tremendous player and showed grace both on and off the ice. Every young adult who was a kid watching hockey back in the 90s remembers him as a pivotal leader in Flyers hockey. For some people he may be the first hockey player that excited them about the game.
The bad side of his tenure with Philadelphia were the head injuries that he suffered while he played for the team. Back then the league wasn’t looking that much at how concussions were going to affect their gritty players. Lindros seemed to have gotten the brunt of this deal. It seems as though Flyers history is repeating itself as the same injury (Post Concussion Syndrome) which ended Lindros career with the black and orange is the one that Chris Pronger is currently fighting. Let’s be honest, Pronger’s probably not coming back from his injury either.
Lindros actually stated that when he was playing no one even used the word “concussion” and that he believes teams are doing better by the players by taking head injuries more serious. So perhaps the league has been doing some good with the changes they have made in the last two decades.
Lindros was inducted last night in a ceremony at the Society Hill Sheraton along with other Philadelphia sports greats like 76ers Point Guard Wali Jones and former Eagles Tommy Thompson and Maxi Baughan. In the speech ending words of Eric Lindros, “Go Flyers.”
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