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Eric Lindros (b. February 28th 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional centre who plays in the National Hockey League for the Dallas Stars.

Highly touted at a very young age, Lindros began his major junior on a controversial note when he clearly stated that he would not join the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who were going to have the first choice of the OHL Entry Draft that year. Greyhounds' General manager Phil Esposito drafted him anyway, to later sell his shares at a high price to the Oshawa Generals.

History repeated itself at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft when Lindros stated he would not join the Quebec Nordiques, who had the first pick of the draft. Just like Esposito did in the OHL, the Nordiques drafted him anyway, to later trade him to the Philadelphia Flyers for Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, a 1st round selection (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993, a 1st round selection (later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals - Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994, and $15,000,000 cash. This trade is considered by many the major reason why the Colorado Avalanche were a powerhouse from the mid-1990's through the 2000's. Forsberg was a key element of Colorado's offense, while the stellar play of Patrick Roy between the pipes was an indirect consequence of the trade, him having been brought to Denver in a famous trade that involved Thibault.

His days with the Flyers began very well. For his first five seasons, he collected points at a phenomenal rate and was feared not only for his offensive skills, but for his toughness. He led Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup finals of 1997, but lost 4 games to none to the Detroit Red Wings. He formed with Mikael Renberg and John LeClair the Legion of Doom line and won the Hart Trophy in 1995.

His career, however, was plagued with injuries. He had more than his share of concussions (including a famous one inflicted by a violent hit by New Jersey Devils' defenseman Scott Stevens in the last match of the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals). The Flyers lost, and Lindros became a restricted free agent.

The Flyers, who still owned his rights, made a qualifying offer, which Lindros refused. Eric was cleared to play in December, and he asked for his rights to be dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a demand the Flyers refused to satisfy; as a result, Lindros decided to sit out the remainder of the 2001-02 season. In August, Clarke dealt him to the New York Rangers in return for Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl and a 2003 3rd-round draft choice (Stefan Ruzicka).

He spent 3 seasons in New York, collecting his eight concussion in 2004, before signing a one year deal with the Maple Leafs following the 2004-05 NHL lockout. He started the NHL season 2005-06 pretty well, tallying 22 points in 32 contests, before being injured to the left wrist against the Dallas Stars. He would miss the next 27 games to return on February 28th 2006, only to injure his wrist again on March 5th, ending his season.

He joined the Stars on July 17th 2006, signing a one-year contract.

On Thursday, November 8th 2007, Lindros announced his retirement from active playing.

His younger brother Brett Lindros also played briefly in the NHL with the New York Islanders, but he had to retire after parts of two season with the Isles due to post-concussions syndrome.

Philadelphia Flyers captains
Angotti | Van Impe | Clarke | Bridgman | Barber | Poulin | Sutter | Tocchet | Dineen | Lindros | Desjardins | Primeau | Forsberg | Smith | Richards


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