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Lindros to have No. 88 retired by Flyers

Ceremony to be held before Jan. 18 game against Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center @NHLdotcom

Eric Lindros will have his No. 88 retired by the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 18 prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lindros, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, will be the sixth Flyers player to have his number retired, joining goaltender Bernie Parent (No. 1), defensemen Mark Howe (No. 2) and Barry Ashbee (No. 4), left wing Bill Barber (No. 7), and center Bobby Clarke (No. 16).

"It's a really special honor," Lindros said Monday after the announcement. "You look in those rafters and there's been a lot of terrific, really great players who had a chance to play in Philadelphia. To be up top and hang high up there is real special. It's a real special thing when you look up at those names."

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The Flyers acquired Lindros on June 20, 1992, in a trade from the Quebec Nordiques, who had selected him with the first pick in the 1991 NHL Draft. He scored a goal in his NHL debut on Oct. 6, 1992, and finished his first NHL season with 41 goals, still a Flyers rookie record.

Lindros was the youngest captain in Flyers history; he was 21 when he was given the captaincy on Sept. 6, 1994. He tied for the NHL scoring lead with 70 points (29 goals, 41 assists) in 46 games during the 1994-95 season and won the Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player. The following season, Lindros had NHL career highs in goals (47), assists (68) and points (115).

He also had a League-leading 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 1997 to help the Flyers advance to the Final.

"Eric has made an incredible and lasting impact on the Flyers organization, our fans and the game of hockey as a whole," Flyers president Paul Holmgren said. "We could not be more proud to raise his No. 88 to the rafters. We look forward to what is anticipated to be a historic night for the Flyers."

Tweet from @88EricLindros: Feeling very honoured, privileged and lucky. Thank you @NHLFlyers and to you all for your kind mssgs. Looking forward to Philly in Jan!

Lindros' 659 points (290 goals, 369 assists) in 486 games are fifth on the Flyers' all-time scoring list. The six-time NHL all-star was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.

Lindros was center of the "Legion of Doom" line with John LeClair and Mikael Renberg in the mid-1990s, and he credited his former linemates, teammates and coaches for the honor.

"I wouldn't be in this lucky position had I not had a chance to play with Johnny [LeClair] and many others, [Mikael Renberg] and some of the other wingers … really good teammates, goaltenders. We've had wonderful coaches there, Roger Neilson; Terry Murray was a strong coach, a real good teacher. We were a fortunate group in there.

"I don't think it really sinks in till you kind of walk through it, but I'm certainly excited about it."

Having the induction come on a night when the Flyers are playing the Maple Leafs, the team Lindros grew up watching, is an added thrill.

"Growing up in Ontario, every Saturday night was a Leafs game," he said. "For [Holmgren] to pick the night the Leafs are in town is certainly special. We're excited about it; a bunch of my buddies that are diehard Maple Leafs fans are texting away and getting organized for flights down to Philly. It's going to be a fun night, and yeah, it kind of brings both sides together."

Lindros also played for the New York Rangers, Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars before retiring in 2007 with 865 points (372 goals, 493 assists) in 760 games.

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