Flyers to Add Eric Lindros and John LeClair to Hall of Fame
There they came flying down the ice again in practice, 88 and 10, Eric Lindros and John LeClair.
Standing in his goal crease, Ron Hextall didn’t quite know where the shot was going to come from. If it came from LeClair, that trademarked slapshot from the left wing, he knew it would be tough to stop.
“There’s not much of that anymore, but he had a howitzer,” Hextall, now the Flyers GM and then one of their goalies, recalled Monday. “As a goalie, how can’t you relish just wanting to stop them both? Eric had maybe not quite as good a shot as John, but it was a good shot as well. It was fun.
“I think if you look at the power duos, I don’t know, probably maybe the greatest of all time in terms of the tandem, when you think about it.”
Along with Mikael Renberg, Lindros and LeClair formed one of the most dominant lines in franchise history. Thursday night, two-thirds of the Legion of Doom will be inducted into the Flyers’ Hall of Fame.
“Greatly honored,” said Lindros, who had 290 goals and 659 points in 486 games with the Flyers. “I mean Philadelphia is where I played my best hockey as a pro. I really enjoyed it. There were countless moments that I recall and have extremely fond memories of. It was a great environment to play in.”
As legend goes, it was journeyman center Jim Montgomery who coined the name for the trio and broadcaster Gene Hart made sure it stuck. The reference points to a pro wrestling tag team who were known as Legion of Doom before switching to The Road Warriors.
Dealing with LeClair and Lindros — both big forwards — in the ring would have been no easy task.