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20 years ago, Eric Lindros got booed out of Quebec City

Oct 13, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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20 years ago, Eric Lindros had to face his harshest critics. No, not fans in Philadelphia or New York City but the rabid collective in Quebec City.

It was on October 13, 1992 that Lindros and the Flyers faced off with the team they swung one of the biggest trades in NHL history with in the Quebec Nordiques.

At the time, Lindros was the biggest rookie sensation the NHL had seen since Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. If you weren’t around then, think of how crazed the league was when Sidney Crosby arrived and you have an idea how huge Lindros was.

Problem was, he didn’t want to play for the Nordiques and forced a trade out of town. After Nordiques owner Marcel Aubut got confused about who he was trading Lindros to (he had deals done with both the Rangers and Flyers) it was Philly where he ended up.

Philly traded Peter Forsberg, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, Mike Ricci, Ron Hextall, a 1993 first-round pick that became Jocelyn Thibault, $15 million, and future considerations (Chris Simon and a 1994 first-round pick) for Lindros — a blockbuster deal that would stun the league.

After all that drama, it was on this night 20 years ago that Lindros had to face the music in Quebec City at the Colisée as he was serenaded with boos and taunted for “crying his way out of town” with oversized pacifiers and all.

Nordiques fans got the last laugh that night as the home team won 6-3 but not before seeing Lindros score two goals in defeat.

  1. flyeredup - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    The exact reason we haven’t won a Cup. Front office traded way to much for Lindros

  2. dbick - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Forsberg is the only player on that list that I would even hesitate to trade in retrospect for the force and potential that was Lindros.

  3. sampulls - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Forsberg alone was worth the trade. He was a way better player than Lindros!

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      I don’t know about that. Both players were dominate. Big E has been the best PWF the league has seen in the last 20 years. Unfortunately, he couldn’t break the habit of one of hockey’s basic principals.

  4. blomfeld - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG

    No matter which way you slice it, Eric Lindros was “wrong” for not reporting for duty with the Quebec Nordiques. And I say that as one whose bloodlines have been antagonists with the French for centuries, so a Frenchie lover I am not ! Nonetheless, I’ve always seriously wondered whether or not Lindros “cursed” himself for making the decision he made ? Yes of course he had a great career and yes of course he accomplished great things, etc. Nonetheless, I believe that in their hearts, even Flyer fans would acknowledge that sadly the “true potential” of this man was never fulfilled.

    *** Blomfeld side bar: I remember seeing Lindros for the first time here in Vancouver at a Canuck’s exhibition game, back in the fall of 1991. He was playing with the Canadian Men’s Olympic team and even then, still as a teenager, he literally “dwarfed” everyone on the ice with his size, strength and ability. There was one instance I recall that while going for the puck, Lindros simply “waved” his arm at a group of three approaching Canucks and they all collapsed like dominoes ! In fact, I even believe that Lindon and the “Steamer” were part of that embarrassed group ? :)

  5. id4joey - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Blomfeld, so you don’t like the French…. Well! At least you’re not a racist.

  6. supersaiyanshawn - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    I think the avs would have done better if they had gone with the rangers deal instead.

  7. chrisk61 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    lindros put the flyers back on the map. he was worth what the flyers gave up. he built the core states/first union/wachovia/wells fargo center.

    he was simply a beast who dominated. he was often the most skilled player on the ice and was a captain who would beat up the opponent’s enforcer.

    unfortunately he never realized his full potential due to his overly physical style of play, resulting injuries, strained relationship with the flyers and rumored off the ice behavioral issues. but to any flyers fan in the 90s, eric lindros was simply a beast.

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