A trio of 1990s Flyers stars will be honored this season: Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins will all be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame this year.
“It’s exciting to welcome Eric Desjardins, Eric Lindros and John LeClair into the Flyers Hall of Fame,” Flyers Chairman Ed Snider said in a press release. “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.”
Lindros appeared in 486 games for the Flyers over eight seasons, rising to fifth on the club’s all-time scoring list with 290 goals and 369 assists for 659 points. His career points-per-game average of 1.36 ranks first in franchise history. Lindros was a six-time NHL All-Star and appeared in three Olympic Games for Team Canada – in 1992 as an amateur and in 1998 and 2002 with other NHL players.
LeClair is one of only two Flyers, along with Tim Kerr, ever to post 50 or more goals in three or more consecutive seasons. He led the Flyers in goals for a total of five consecutive seasons – those three, along with 43 and 40 goals, respectively, in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. LeClair appeared in 90 percent or more of the Flyers’ games in eight of his 10 seasons with the club, scoring at least 23 goals in all of those eight seasons.
Desjardins was named the 12th captain in Flyers history on March 27, 2000 and held that post until October of 2001. He was a seven-time Barry Ashbee Award winner as the Flyers’ best defenseman, which is a franchise high, and was a three time NHL All-Star – once with Montreal in 1992 and twice with the Flyers, in 1996 and 2000. He also represented Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics.