The as soon as-frosty dating between Eric Lindros and the Philadelphia Flyers seems to have absolutely thawed as the group introduced Monday it will retire his No. 88 this season.
Lindros, who retired in 2007 was once inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame ultimate October, will be honoured earlier than Jan. 18 recreation in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Also Monday, the New York Rangers introduced they will reitre Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 on Feb. 25.
Lindros is the 6th Flyers participant to have his quantity retired after Bernie Parent, Mark Howe, Barry Ashbee, Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke, however he is essentially the most not likely of that team. “The Big E” gained the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1995 and was once some of the dominant gamers of his technology, however accidents reduce his profession brief and he and his circle of relatives frequently feuded with Clarke and Philadelphia control.
Playing within the Winter Classic alumni recreation a couple of years in the past started to restore that dating. He stated issues have advanced since, main to staff president Paul Holmgren calling him to let him know his No. 88 was once being retired.
After taking a look up on the different numbers in earlier journeys to the sector, Lindros stated he was once “overwhelmed” by way of the respect.
“I’ve glanced up there every once in a while and had a look at that,” Lindros stated on a convention name Monday. “There’s been a lot of terrific, really great players who had a chance to play in Philadelphia. To be up top and hang high up there is real special.”
Lindros had 290 objectives and 369 assists and 659 issues in 486 video games with the Flyers. He completed his profession by way of enjoying 3 seasons with the Rangers and one each and every with Dallas and Toronto.
Though he had no enter on the verdict, Lindros is extremely joyful as an Ontario local and Toronto resident that the sport comes in opposition to the Maple Leafs, whom he watched each and every Saturday night time rising up.
“A bunch of my buddies that are die-hard Maple Leafs fans are texting away and getting organized for flights down to Philly. “It’s going to be a amusing night time, and it more or less brings all sides in combination.”
Ratelle, who performed portions of 16 of his 21 NHL seasons with the Rangers, entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985 and is 2nd on their franchise objectives listing with 336 and 3rd in assists with 481 and issues with 817.
“Jean Ratelle is truly one of the greatest players to have ever played for the New York Rangers,” stated staff president Glen Sather, who performed with Ratelle. “Few players have demonstrated the class, dignity, and gracefulness that Jean possessed throughout his career, both on and off the ice.”
Named one of the vital league’s 100 biggest gamers previous this yr, Ratelle had 491 objectives, 776 assists and 1,267 issues with the Rangers and Boston Bruins. He’ll be the 9th Rangers participant to have his quantity retired, following Rod Gilbert, Ed Giacomin, Mike Richter, Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Harry Howell.