A year after being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Eric Lindros’ number will now be retired by the Philadelphia Flyers. The team announced on Monday that on Jan. 18, 2018, the team will put Lindros’ No. 88 up in the rafters to honor his historic career.
Lindros now joins five other Flyers to have their numbers retired. They are: Bernie Parent, Mark Howe, Barry Ashbee, Bill Barber, and Bobby Clarke.
Over the course of his 13-year NHL career, Lindros played 486 games for the Flyers across eight seasons. Lindros briefly played for the New York Rangers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Dallas Stars before retiring in 2007.
Lindros was one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history, tallying 865 points across 760 total games. Concussions plagued Lindros throughout his career, and they were what ultimately caused his early retirement at the age of 34 in 2007.
With the Flyers, Lindros is fifth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 290 goals and 369 assists for 659 points. The forward went to Philadelphia thanks to the NHL’s biggest trade in history, one that sent six players, two draft picks, and $15 million back to the Quebec Nordiques. Lindros never scored fewer than 27 goals during his eight seasons with the Flyers, topping out at 47 during his 115-point year in 1995-96, and he ultimately became their captain for six seasons.
Here’s what Lindros had to say about the jersey retirement, in a statement made to the Flyers website:
"I am deeply humbled and honored that the Flyers are going to retire my jersey," said Lindros. "I am so thankful to the entire organization for this incredible recognition. I look forward to sharing this moment with my family, friends, teammates, and of course Flyers fans, who mean so much to me."