On Saturday, Dec. 31, as part of the Winter Classic festivities, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers Alumni teams will take part in an exhibition game.
This would be a mere footnote to the actual Winter Classic game which will be played on Monday, Jan.2—just another old timer's game that people would attend and even fewer would seek out on television if not for the participation of one former player: Eric Lindros.
Since it was announced earlier this fall that Lindros would be playing in the Alumni game, it has arguably generated as much—if not more—buzz as the actual game.
It will be the first Flyers' sanctioned event that will include Eric Lindros since Scott Stevens knocked him out of a game with a high hit on Friday, May 26, 2000. And for a generation of fans who watched him play in the orange and black, his return is far overdue and represents a great event in Flyers' history.
Lindros' career was filled with games of total dominance—so many that they all seemed to bleed into one another. When healthy, he was arguably the greatest player in the NHL, as he possessed all of the tools necessary to compete at that level.
He could skate, shoot, pass, back-check, hit, fight—you name it. With so many great games and memories of a great career that have been unfairly lost upon the new generation of Flyers fans—a result of the Flyers basically erasing Lindros' legacy from their history over the past 11 years—I'm sure I've missed some.
This list is not comprehensive, but just a glimpse into the man's greatness.
As Flyers fans every celebrate the team welcoming him back into the fold after more than a decade of estrangement, here is a look at eight great moments in the playing career of the second-greatest Flyer of all time.