Eric Lindros came into the league, shrouded with controversy as he went first overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Unless your’e absolutely sure of your abilities, it’s probably not a great idea as a junior hockey player to blacklist a team that’s bringing you into the NHL. Fortunately for the Nordiques, it actually worked out decently well. Eric was eventually traded from the team that drafted him a year prior, bringing in such players as Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, and the Flyers’ first-round pick in 1992 (seventh overall) and 1993 and $15 million in cash.
Over the course of his career, he scored 865 goals in 760 games which spanned over 13 NHL seasons. It’s well documented that his career was cut a bit short due to injuries he sustained while playing in the 90s. The worst (to my memory) was the hit by Scott Stevens in the 2000 playoffs with the Flyers in game 7. Unfortunately for Eric, he was never able to capture the Stanley Cup.
I really hope that the NHL can do something in regards to injuries, especially concussions. It’s hard to prevent but with the latest advances in technology, there may be opportunities to reduce the occurrence of them. The game is faster than ever before so it’ll likely be impossible for them to ever eliminate them from the game.
Gettin’ the auto
This Hall of Fame autograph was sent to Eric via an address attained from Sportscardforum. It’s one of the websites that I frequent to check out other people’s successes for hockey. For those who aren’t familiar with the site, they also have football, baseball, basketball and a handful of other categories that autograph seekers might be interested in.
The return itself took almost 250 days to get back to me but considering that Eric was a star in the league, I’m not surprised.
Considering Eric went through some nasty injuries in his career, it’s not surprising he’ll be pushing for concussion awareness.
A video review of Eric Lindros
One of the best power forwards to have played the game.