Lindros, LeClair, Desjardins to enter Flyers Hall of Fame

Lindros, LeClair, Desjardins to enter Flyers Hall of Fame
July 31, 2014, 11:00 am
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Eric Lindros, John LeClair and and Eric Desjardins will be inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame during the 2014-15 season.

Lindros and LeClair will be honored Nov. 20 ahead of the Flyers' game against the Minnesota Wild, while Desjardins' ceremony will take place Feb. 19 before the team's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

"All three players are among the greatest in the history of the Flyers and are very deserving to join our Hall of Fame," Flyers president Paul Holmgren said in a statement.

Lindros spent eight seasons with the Flyers, scoring at least 30 goals in six of them. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP in 1995 and served as captain of the team from 1994-2000. A six-time All-Star, Lindros ranks fifth on the Flyers' all-time scoring list with 290 goals and 369 assists.

"I am honored to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame, a hall full of diversity," Lindros said. "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."

LeClair was a Flyer for 10 years, netting 50 goals three times between 1994-95 and 2003-04. He's seventh in scoring on the Flyers' all-time list, and third among all left wings. From 1995 through 1997, LeClair joined Lindros and Mikael Renberg to form the Legion of Doom line, one of the most famous lines in Flyers history. Over those two seasons, the line combined for 225 goals and 490 points.

"I'm very excited and very honored," LeClair said. "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."

Desjardins, who spent 11 seasons with the Flyers, is the second-leading scorer among all Flyers defensemen, ranking in behind only Mark Howe. He finished top five in the league in Norris Trophy voting twice.

“This means a lot to me,” Desjardins said. “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.”

The three players -- all of whom took the ice in 2012 for the Winter Classic alumni game at Citizens Bank Park -- join only 20 former Flyers to have been inducted into the team's Hall of Fame since 1988.

"It's exciting to welcome Eric Desjardins, Eric Lindros and John LeClair into the Flyers Hall of Fame," Flyers chairman Ed Snider said. "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."

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