(Philadelphia, PA, January 11) - Former Flyers captain and fan favorite Eric Desjardins returned to Philadelphia for the first time since retiring over the summer to be honored by the Flyers before their game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, January 11 at the Wachovia Center.
Desjardins' family accompanied him at the ceremony, including his wife Manon, son Jakob and daughter, Alana.
During the pre-game ceremony, fans enjoyed a Desjardins tribute video, featuring highlights from his 11 seasons with the Flyers. After a brief introduction, he was presented with gifts from his former teammates, the Flyers organization and the Montreal Canadiens, the team with which he began his National Hockey League career. The ceremony concluded with a few words from Desjardins.
Desjardins concluded his 17-year NHL career on August 10, 2006 when he announced his retirement. After 11 seasons with the Flyers (1994-95 – 2005-06), Desjardins recorded 93 goals and 303 assists for 396 points and 406 penalty minutes in 738 regular season games. He is second on the Flyers All-Time List among defenseman in goals (93), assists (303) and points (396). He is eighth on the Flyers All-Time List in games played (738), third among defenseman.
Desjardins won a franchise-record seven Barry Ashbee Trophies, including in six consecutive seasons, as the most outstanding Flyers defenseman (1994-95 through 1999-2000 and 2002-03). He was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team twice, following the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons, and participated in three NHL All-Star Games (1992, 1996 and 2000). He was named the 12th captain in Flyers history on March 27, 2000 and served in that role until October 2001. Desjardins began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1987.