He may have worn double 8’s throughout his 13 year playing career, but seven is a very lucky number for former Philadelphia Flyers star Eric Lindros. That’s because after failing to garner the necessary votes in his first six years of eligibility, Lindros was announced yesterday as one of four members of the 2016 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Joining Lindros in Toronto will be forward Sergei Makarov – who helped lead the Soviet Union to eight World Championships and two Olympic gold medals before embarking on a brief NHL career that included four seasons with the Calgary Flames, two more with the San Jose Sharks and a four-game stint with Dallas., goaltender Rogie Vachon and longtime head coach Pat Quinn.
The first overall pick in the 1991 NHL Draft by Philadelphia, Lindros played for the Flyers his first eight years in the league. He went on to spend the next three with the Rangers and then one each with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars. But in an eerie predecessor of what’s all too common these days, his promising career was cut drastically short at age 34 to repeated concussion problems. Should be interesting to see if he makes mention of that in his speech.
Lindros never hoisted the Stanley Cup but earned the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP in 1995 and led Philadelphia to a Cup Final in 1997. He averaged 1.14 points per game over his 760 regular-season contests and 1.08 points per game over 56 postseason tilts. Notable snubs from this year’s Hall of Fame class include Mark Recchi, Paul Kariya, Dave Andreychuk, Alexander Moginly and Jeremy Roenick.