CITIZENS BANK PARK — The joyous smile plastered on Eric Lindros’ face after Saturday Alumni Game at Citizens Bank Park was matched only in magnitude by the ear-to-ear grins of a nostalgic Philly crowd, that stood in awe and ovation as their exiled son finally returned home.
“It was just a great experience,” said Lindros, now 38. “It was wonderful to go out for the celebration and the support of the guys when they came out of the locker room, it was really special. It was a fun afternoon.”
Before the eyes of the city, in a game celebrating the history of hockey in Philadelphia in which the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers alumi, 3-1, the long-awaited return of Lindros in his customary Flyers logo, was an iconic and surreal moment for Flyers hockey.
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In a running segment on TSN.ca for Off the Record, former Flyer and all-time hockey great Jeremy Roenick, gives his two-cents about news from around the NHL. When hitting on the issue of his former club, Roenick gave a very interesting take.
“There’s somebody bad in that locker room,” he said. “Somebody is tainting something in that locker room, whether it’s the leadership, or somebody who is leading them the wrong way, or somebody who is doing something and other people are following off the ice. They need to straighten that stuff up inside the locker room.”
Thursday was an emotional day for future Hall of Famer Jeremey Roenick, who officially announced his retirement from the NHL. But what was most important to him, was being able to leave the game he loves on his own.
Roenick, one of just 24 players to score 500 goals and 700 assists in his 20-year career, was an ambassador of the game, on and off the ice. Still a fan favorite around the league, and especially in Philadelphia, Roenick is respected and heralded everywhere he goes and will be missed dearly by the sport.
“I had a great bond with Philly fans, they are blue collar people and I liked to play hard,” Roenick said about his three seasons in Philadelphia. “These were fans I associated myself with and I was so proud to put on a Flyers uniform. Mark Recchi, Keith Primeau, Simon Gagne, are still today, some of my greatest friends.
“It has been the greatest career I could ever possibly have imagined.”
After 1332 NHL games, 513 goals and countless memories made with his demeanor on and off the ice, former Flyer and all-time great Jeremy Roenick, appears to be riding off into the sunset. But he’s not quite ready to admit it yet.
“I’m really not on the fence,” Roenick told Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic. “I really know what I’m doing. I’m just not going to announce it yet.”