The proposed Legion of Doom reunion hoped for by the Philadelphia Flyers
for the Winter Classic Alumni Game against the New York Rangers
might not happen after all.
On Wednesday, Eric Lindros
told a Toronto radio station that he would be playing in the game, and that would lead to a one-day reformation of one of the franchise's most famous trios, the line of Lindros, John LeClair
and Mikael Renberg
, which helped the franchise reach two Eastern Conference Finals and one Stanley Cup Final in three seasons together.
However, it was learned Friday that Renberg likely would not be able to make the game.
"Of course it would be nice to meet up with Eric and John, but now I have a contract with SVT and have to do my job." -- Former Legion of Doom member Mikael Renberg to NHL.com's Bill Meltzer
Renberg currently works for SVT state television in Sweden as a hockey commentator. He's scheduled to broadcast Sweden's games at the 2012 World Junior Championship, which will be played in Edmonton and Calgary. The day of the alumni game, Dec. 31, Sweden plays Russia.
"Of course it would be nice to meet up with Eric and John," Renberg told NHL.com's Bill Meltzer, "but now I have a contract with SVT and have to do my job."
Besides playing together, Lindros said Wednesday he hoped to tie in a Legion reunion with a charitable endeavor
"Johnny and Mikael and I are trying to put something together for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and we're probably going to announce something in the next little bit," he said, "try to raise some money for them and try to incorporate that to the event."
The Legion of Doom line was formed when LeClair was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens
in February 1995, and in three seasons together, Lindros (6-foot-4, 240), LeClair (6-3, 233) and Renberg (6-2, 235) combined for 305 goals and 666 points, and used their size and skill to dominate opposing defenses.
"Nobody could get the puck off them," Chuck Gormley, long-time Flyers beat writer and author of the Flyers book "Orange Black and Blue," told NHL.com. "Once they dumped the puck into the corner, regardless of which corner it was, no defenseman was strong enough to stop that line. Nobody in the League. Even if you had a big, tough defenseman, there was only one of them out there, and there were three of these guys."
Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren
said he hoped to see the alumni game feature a reunion not just of the Legion of Doom line, but also the LCB Line -- Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke
and Bill Barber
-- which helped the Flyers win the 1975 Stanley Cup and get back to the Final in 1976.
"That's the plan," Holmgren told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "Have Eric's line back together, as well as Clarkey's line with Leach and Barber, and other famous lines in Flyers history."
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