Flyers Equipment Manager Claims Eric Lindros was Not a Huge Jerk When He was Young

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In a Huffington Post piece published the other day, former NHL ref and “noted tough guy” Paul Stewart told a story about Eric Lindros being a gigantic asshole and ripping up autographed posters meant for a charity auction. A key person in the story was the Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. Well, Turk called in to the Preston & Steve show this morning to tell his side of the story. And his side? That it never happened at all.

We’re still waiting for audio, but according to Preston & Steve’s producer’s notes for the show, this was the gist of it:

“[Turk] Said Lindros would never do anything like this, it’s not true. Turk was named in the story as the one telling the ref that Lindros ripped up the posters. He doesn’t know why this ref would ever make these accusations. Lindros is such a great guy, goes out of his way for the fans. Turk couldn’t believe this guy wrote this stuff, he never contacted Turk about any of these supposed quotes. Lindros would never do anything like this.”

Additionally, Buzz on Broad quoted Turk as saying, “I’ve known Stewie (Paul Stewart) for a while, he’s a UPenn grad, and you have to be pretty smart to go there. Maybe he had too many concussions over his career cause he wasn’t a very good hockey player, but I don’t know what would make him say something like that about Eric.” You know, Turk didn’t have to defend Lindros, but he did, and that’s great. He also didn’t have to make a dig at Stewart’s lack of playing ability, but that’s even better.

8 Comments

  1. Jim, how’s your Friday going? Any plans for the upcoming weekend?

  2. UL Washington's Toothpick

    July 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    i used to see eric at the club under the spectrum after the games. he was always approachable when he was there.

  3. “You know, Turk didn’t have to defend Lindros, but he did, and that’s great. He also didn’t have to make a dig at Stewart’s lack of playing ability, but that’s even better.”

    Perfect line.

  4. Paul Stewart was my all time favorite ref. He let the players fight when it was needed to be done. He obviously knows too how to sell books.

  5. UPenn’s hockey team sucks and he wasn’t any good while he was there.

    So he chose the route of a pro referee and then to feed bs stories with a big philly name to every philly media outlet now that he’s an irrelavent angry retired official that’s too slow to keep up w/ today’s game.

    Really hope Big E comes out of his shell to shut this prick up

  6. I’m glad LIndros just the route of Preston and Steve unlike the shitty sports stations in Philly.

  7. I met Lindros at the Coliseum around that time, and he was incredibly nice and personable. The story rings really false to me. Seems like just a ploy to sell books at Lindros’ expense.

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