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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Former Flyer and 1993 Stanley Cup champion John LeClair, has been selected to the USA hockey Hall of Fame class of 2009
“I’d like to thank USA hockey,” he said. ” I grew up in the age of the ’80 Olympic team and to be able to wear the jersey and play in some meaningful games for USA hockey was a thrill of a lifetime. It’s a tremendous honor for me to be inducted into the hall.”
LeClair was the first American-born player to score three consecutive 50-goals seasons. The University of Vermont standout, began his career with the Montreal Canadiens, where he won a cup in 1993. He was brought to the Flyers in 1994, with defenseman Eric Desjardins, in exchange for Mark Recchi. The trade is known as one of the best in Flyers’ history.
LeClair played a distinguished 10 years with the Flyers, where he scored 643 points in 649 games.