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Lindros, LeClair and Desjardins to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame

Jul 31, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

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Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins are going into the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame, the club announced today.

Said Flyers Chairman Ed Snider in a release: “All three players helped define our team in the 90s and early 2000s that went to a combined four Eastern Conference Finals and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1997. This honor is well deserved.”

“I am honored to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame, a hall full of diversity,” said Lindros. “What made this news even more special is to hear that I will be entering alongside John who I had the good fortune of playing with for most of my time in Philly. I look forward to seeing old friends and to be back in the Wells Fargo Center alongside the Flyer Faithful.”

“I’m very excited and very honored,” said LeClair. “The time I spent in Philadelphia was just terrific, and the experiences I had playing in the city and with the fans were some of the most exciting moments.”

“This means a lot to me,” said Desjardins. “After spending so many years with the Flyers and now being retired for almost nine years now, it’s a great feeling. It is something you don’t think about when you are playing but once you’re retired and an honor like this happens, it is very special.”

Lindros and LeClair will be inducted together on Thursday, Nov. 20, prior to a game against Minnesota; Desjardins’ ceremony will be Thursday, Feb. 19, before a game against the Sabres.

Lindros has had a strained relationship with the Flyers, as we outlined here. But it seems the relationship has been resurrected.

Flyers Hall of Fame
1988 – Bob Clarke and Bernie Parent
1989 – Bill Barber, Ed Snider and Keith Allen
1990 – Rick MacLeish and Fred Shero
1991 – Barry Ashbee and Gary Dornhoefer
1992 – Reggie Leach and Gene Hart
1993 – Joe Scott and Ed Van Impe
1994 – Tim Kerr
1996 – Joe Watson
1999 – Brian Propp
2001 – Mark Howe
2004 – Dave Poulin
2008 – Ron Hextall
2009 – Dave Schultz
2014 – Eric Lindros and John LeClair
2015 – Eric Desjardins

Related: Eric Lindros’ open-and-shut case for the Hockey Hall of Fame

  1. flyboystransport - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Bout time!

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    “Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame” – seriously?

    • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      ….yes? not sure what you’re confused about… unless this is just a shot at the Flyers.

    • digbysellers - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Seriously dude? Make sure you get on the NYY and oh, I don’t know basically every other team out there that honors past players in one way or another. If you want to take a shot, just take a shot, but this just makes you seem like a dingus.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Can they include a photo of either Kasparaitis or Stevens laying Lindros out?

    • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Can we include a picture of you sitting on the couch with one hand in a bag of cheetos and the other in a jar of mayonnaise in your fantasy hockey hall of fame?

      • govtminion - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Hey man, if you’re not dipping your Cheetos in mayo, you’re doing it WRONG!

        (Ugh, seriously, that sounds freaking VILE.)

      • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        It may be gross, but it’s how pitpenguinsrules fuels up for his already impressive career as an athlete critic. If there were a HOF for celebrating dirty, injury-causing hits on retired Flyers online for $0/hour, he’d be a shoo in.

    • laxman1944 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Got a great one of Giroux laying out Big Sid in the playoffs and scoring the opening goal enroute to sending Pitt. to the golf course.

      Let me know I can get a copy to you.

      • stixzidinia - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Sounds good. I’ll be happy to reciprocate by sending you a great one of Sid lifting the Stanley Cup. I’ll even be extra cool and send you another one that’s a close-up of his name engraved on said Cup.

        We know that series WAS your Stanley Cup… evidence by the thorough trouncing your boys suffered in the next round that year.

      • laxman1944 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Pitts’ last cup was pushing TEN years ago assclown

        so go stix that in ya

      • stixzidinia - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        And Philly’s last Cup was during the Gerald Ford administration. Got anything else for me?

        Oh, and try five seasons ago. But that’s alright. We all know you boys can’t count in Philly, among other things you can’t do.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        2014-2009 equals 5 years. So how is that 10 years?

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      As longs as the Pens have a picture of Sid getting ragdolled by a puck to the chicklets ,,,sure !

      • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        …also by a ref’s whistle to the chicklets.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        I shoulda watched that video before I posted it…. horrible quality in that one.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Ibieniid I expect better quality lol

      • opkaos - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Something nobody has ever seen flyers lifting the cup

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Most penguin fans are fairly new to hockey I would say around the Mario era they jumped on

      • tk1966 - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        “Most penguin fans are fairly new to hockey I would say around the Mario era they jumped on”

        Considering that Mario was drafted 30 years ago, that would be a lifetime or more for MANY Pens fans, so that hardly constitutes anything resembling jumping-on any bandwagon. So, although it was a good try on your part at being a troll, I am sure you can do better. Come on back when you come up with something better.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Considering that this is a Flyers thread your the troll although it was a good try on your part ! So under your definition every pens fan is 30 years or younger hahahahaaha !

    • sheckyrimshot - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      If I were you I’d be a little hesitant about taking pot shots at a player labeled as the “next one” who dominated the league before having his career cut drastically short due to head injuries.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        if he hadn’t been such a diva I think he would’ve gotten more respect from people outside of philly. I don’t think passing out warnings to online commenters helps you make a case for him though

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Dominated the league? Lemieux, until he retired in 97, and Jagr then after dominated the 90s.

      • sheckyrimshot - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        i could just as easily say “if he hadn’t been such a diva I think he would’ve gotten more respect from people outside of pittsburgh” about your boy sid.

    • opkaos - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Yep 3 really good players even though they played for the city of brothers losers.this is a city that had a parade when there arena football team won the title. Oh and Philly fans sorry Rocky is not real.Go pittsburgh

    • ematusko - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      Only if there is a video montage of Crosby flopping directly next to that photo

  4. bsaures - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Only hall he will ever get into

  5. Windmiller4 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Ha of course snider would put himself in his own hall of fame

    • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      You expect him to be in the hockey HOF and not the Flyers HOF. lolz

  6. theageofquarrel - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    It’s the only hall Lindros and Leclair will get in

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      How clever of you that you would repeat the same dig that someone said right above you. Must have been difficult to think that one up. LecLair was a great player but just below Hall of Fame level. But Lindros… there are no legitimate reasons (other than not liking he or the Flyers personally) that he shouldn’t be in the hall. The guy was a generational talent. It’s not fair for ppl to say he doesn’t deserve it bc he didn’t live up to his billing as the next Gretzky. But during his career as a Flyer he was about as close as you could get. And he didn’t have the benefit of playing with 5 Hall of Famers like the Great One had in Edmonton when he won all his Cups. Others discount Lindros because he was full of himself, especially as a youngster, but that’s not a legitimate arguement against him going to the hall. As he has aged he’s become a much more down to earth person with plenty of charitable contributions. And Peter Forsberg and Cam Neely proved that longevity isn’t a requirement either. Also look at Neelys statistics (694 pts in 726 games) and tell me again Lindros (865 in 760) doesn’t belong.

      People just love to hate on Lindros, which is fine, but there’s no rock solid arguement against him belonging in the hall. A good majority of hockey people would agree.

      • theageofquarrel - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Hi Eric’s dad!!
        Are you going to get him into the Hall by ranting and raving or are you just going to try and strong arm him in?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Another sterling display of creativity! Can’t come up with a legitimate, factual reason why he doesn’t deserve it so you go after me. 865 points in 760 games says it all.

      • bsaures - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        There are plenty of reasons he will never make it into the hall.

        1st and most obvious he has been one of the biggest d bags the ohl and nhl has seen in the last 50 years. No one in the nhl is going to bat for this guy because of this when compared to guys like forsberg and them who people loved. No one wants their kids to emulate him because he stands for all the wrong things

        2nd his overall points are not that impressive especially given the era he played. He didnt up his performance in the playoffs when games mattered either.

        3rd lack of cups. Winning does matter and without any cups lindros was simply a guy that put up points in the eegular season but come playoff time wasnt good enough

      • sumkat - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        His overall points aren’t as impressive because of the era he played in? That’s maybe the dumbest argument I’ve ever heard. He played in the trap era, before the changed the rules to “open up the game”. For god sake, those rules started being enforced because the Red Wings spent the entire finals holding him in the defensive zone

        You sir, have no clue what you are talking about

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Yeah I guess putting up 57 points in 53 playoff games is pretty terrible. Can’t argue that he didn’t win a Cup but why don’t you look at the teams that stood in his way… the late 90s Red Wings and the 90s-2000s Devils were both stacked with stars and Hall of Famers. There are too many to list. Same thing goes for the Avs… they were 3 classic teams. And like I said above, even Wayne Gretzky needed to be surrounded by a bunch of HOFers to win his Cups. When teams put all their energy into stopping the Flyers first line there wasn’t enough scoring depth to overcome it. But you don’t care about the circumstances, just that Lindros wasn’t the first player to ever win a Cup by himself. The bottom line is that those Flyers TEAMS weren’t good enough to win it, not Lindros.

        And just like Sumkat says, #88s numbers are actually more impressive bc of the era he dominated in. If you think he had an easy time you obviously never saw those Devils teams.

      • bsaures - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        The only reason his ppg is so high compared to some others is he retired so early he didnt have the extra 5-6 years of below prime level scoring. By the time he was 30 he wasnt even a 1 ppg player and closer to a .5. He is outside the top 100 all time points as well. He had one decent playoff run that was it. He quit on teams on 3 differant occasions showing absolutely nothing hall of fame worthy.

    • laxman1944 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Your ignorance is comical.

      Eric Lindros will be in the NHL Hall of Fame.

      And there is nothing you and the rest of the Lindros haters can do about it.

      • bsaures - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        If theres nothing the lindros haters can do why is he been passed up a few times?

      • laxman1944 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Lots of HOF players slip through the cracks, sometimes it just takes a little longer than others.

      • stixzidinia - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Um yeah….i’m real sure Lindros just “slipped through the cracks”. You see, if there enough “Lindros haters” that happen to be HOF voters then yeah there is absolutely something the haters can do. Same way guys like Marc McGuire, Jose Canseco, and Barry Bonds aren’t in the HOF either. The voters don’t like them. And they don’t appear to like Lindros either. Can’t blame them.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      I heard he is in your old lady’s HOF

      • laxman1944 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Oh lord…….the mom reference

        Quite the linguist you are.

      • i1theinternet - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        actually, “your old lady” usually is a reference to the object’s significant other (e.g. girlfriend, wife), not mother.

        now who’s the cunning linguist?

      • laxman1944 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        “Usually”………..not always but I see your point.

        My humble apologies.


      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        laxman…Old lady or Ole lady always means your significant other.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        He knows what old lady means because his old lady would call him BIG E once a year when his old lady let him go 5 hole !

  7. govtminion - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I’m not a fan of the Flyers- I’m a Bruins fan. Let’s get that out of the way first. Haaaate away.

    That out of the way, that line was ridiculous in its day. Lindros, LeClair, and Mikhail Renberg was amazing to watch back in the mid-90s, particularly since Boston was awful at that point (and for a decade to come…) it gave me some really interesting power forward-style hockey to watch. I’m glad to see these guys get recognized by the team they made their names with. Classy move by the Flyers to do this, particularly in the obviously very strained case of Lindros. I’m sure that if Desjardins and LeClair were put in and Lindros was left out it would cause a controversy, but he was a big part of the team for several years (including a trip to the Finals in ’97)- good to see them bury the hatchet at last.

  8. skeeterbarnes - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    One of the most one-sided trades ever brought LeClair and Desjardins to the Flyers. Another one of the classic one-sided trades brought Lindros to the Flyers. I know these trades were a few years apart and with different organizations, but just thinking about the two brought something to mind: If this were one trade, would it have looked so bad for Philly?

    To Philadelphia: Eric Lindros, John Leclair, Eric Desjardins, Gilbert Dionne

    Out of Philadelphia: Steve Duchesne (decent player), Peter Forsberg (unproven rookie at the time), Ron Hextall (on the back nine of his career), Kerry Huffman (defensive D-man), Mike Ricci and Chris Simon, Mark Recchi, two first round draft picks, a third round pick and $15 million.

    Unrealistic comparison, but at least up for debate.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      one sided in the sense that the flyers ended up with absolutely nothing to show for it?

      • stixzidinia - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        That’s your garden variety Philly trade. I’m sure Philly will trade Giroux and two 1st round picks to Anaheim before the seasons starts for the rights to Teemu Selanne, and will subsequently fail to get him to choose the NHL over the KHL.

  9. President Charles Logan - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    All 3 of these players are not only Flyers Hall Of Famer’s but NHL HOF’s as well … they all deserve it.

  10. stixzidinia - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Just don’t ask Lindros to sign any posters for charity.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Yeah you’re right tearing up a few posters says far more about his character than the $5 million donation he personally made to a hospital. What a scumbag.

      • stixzidinia - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        Lighten up, Francis. It’s a joke.

      • laxman1944 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Sure thing….Uncle Hulka

  11. ronniethec - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I am always tickled over how much folks hate anything and/or anyone that has anything to do with any sports team from Philly. Part of this stems from the idea that Philly fans will boo anyone and anything. I do believe the Eagles fans are the nastiest in any sport. The Flyer fans do seem to be really good fans. It’s just that the Flyers team is so easy to dislike, stemming from the Broadstreet bully days. They still act like a bunch of thugs. And they have not won anything in about 40 years. But they do have a nice hall of fame, and that list is made up of some really talented players. (Except for #8)

    • sumkat - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      “they still act like a bunch of thugs”

      If you have watched any Flyers hockey over the last 20 years, you sir, are an idiot

  12. crazemastercraze - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    If you REALLY wanted a “Flyers” hall of fame, it should only be guys they gave up(Williams, Brind’amour, etc) on and traded to teams who actually won something of importance

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      The “dumba$$” is strong with this one.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Carter & Richards should get statues made.

  13. ronniethec - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I think the Flyers deserve a big thank you. So thank you! For Carter and Richards.
    The Champs and their fans.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Congrats it only took you 45 years.

  14. ronniethec - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I could not care less if it took 45 years. Good things are worth waiting for, and when it finally happened it tasted so much sweeter. Champ 2 out of the last three years. Champs now. And now ready for a repeat.

  15. ronniethec - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Sumkat. Yes. Thugs. Last season the Flyers lead the league in both penalty minutes and major penalties. The Kings led the league in hits but were 17th in penalty minutes.

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