Former Flyer Eric Lindros was the epitome of class during his induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night at the Sheraton Society Hill .
Before he started his acceptance speech, Lindros said his thoughts were with those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Lindros, 39, who is getting married later this month, later thanked his two former Legion of Doom linemates, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg, along with the trainers and former PR man Joe Kadlec. He also thanked GM Paul Holmgren for making him feel welcomed and inviting him to last season’s Winter Classic alumni game at Citizens Bank Park.
When he played in Philly, Lindros said, he was motivated by “the most passionate fans in the world.”
Lindros’ final days with the Flyers in 2000 were not pretty as he was in a very public feud with then-general manager Bob Clarke. But Lindros, to his credit, has moved past that and seems very comfortable with himself and his life as a business entrepreneur.
Prior to the induction ceremony, Lindros talked candidly with the media about a number of topics. Some of the highlights:
** He thinks the red line should be returned and that it would slow down the game and reduce concussions. The word concussion was “never used” when he played, Lindros said.
** He smiled softly as he talked about coach Roger Neilson using an odd video clip to demonstrate teamwork.
“He showed all these geese flying across the screen and it was, ‘Where are you going with this, Roger?’ ” Lindros said. “Well, if one falls behind, another one of the flock comes and stays with it and the flock keeps going with it. You got to be with your teammates through geese.”
** He supports the players in the labor dispute that has shut down the NHL. "They just want the contracts that they signed to be honored,” he said.
Seems like a rather reasonable request.
Rink ceremony. Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, Mayor Michael Nutter and other city and state officials will attend a grand re-opening of the refurbished Tarken Ice Rink in Oxford Circle on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The event celebrates the culmination of the four city rinks that have been reconstructed and fully enclosed. Snider has been the driving force behind the project.
Several former Flyers will be at the event, and the public is invited to a free public skating session after the ceremony.
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