This is Part 2 of 2. Part 1 is here. I think I went over 44. Oh well.
Lindros’ game-winner with seven seconds to go against the Rangers
He had a hat trick in Game 3 and scored the game-winner in Game 4 to give the Flyers a 3-1 series lead against the Rangers in the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals.
Lindros snubs Quebec, arbiter awards him to Flyers over Rangers
For those of us under 40, it’s easy to forget what a HUGE deal this was. From Wikipedia:
Lindros’s entry to the National Hockey League proceeded in much the same manner. Lindros was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Lindros had signaled in advance that he would never play for the Nordiques, citing distance, lack of marketing potential, and having to speak French; the team selected him anyway. Nordiques president Marcel Aubut publicly announced that they would make Lindros the centrepiece of their franchise turnaround, and refused to trade Lindros, saying that he would not have a career in the NHL as long as he held out. Because of Lindros’ popularity and hype, it is alleged that NHL President Gil Stein intervened to get the Nordiques to trade him, as it would otherwise damage the image of the league. While he awaited a trade, Lindros spent the time playing with the Oshawa Generals and also participated in the 1992 Winter Olympics, winning a Silver Medal with Team Canada.
In 1992, the Nordiques worked out trades for him with both the New York Rangers, and Philadelphia Flyers. Eventually an arbitrator, Larry Bertuzzi (granduncle of Todd Bertuzzi), ruled in favour of the Flyers, for whom Lindros played from 1992 to 2000, most of the time as the team’s captain.
Many consider this trade a key reason that the Colorado Avalanche (the new name of the Nordiques after they relocated before the 1995-96 season), went on to be an NHL powerhouse. They received in the trade the rights to eventual Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg, as well as Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, a 1st round selection (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993, a 1st round selection (later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals—Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994, and $15,000,000 cash. Since the trade, the Avalanche have won eight division titles and two Stanley Cup championships, due in part to the play of Forsberg, and the later addition of Patrick Roy, whom the Avalanche received in a later package deal that included Thibault.
Craig MacTavish’s head
One day, you’re going to tell your kids that you remember when hockey players played without helmets.
Still have no idea if this was true, but Lindros supposedly dated a 16-year-old high school basketball player. If this happened today it would break Twitter.
Garth Snow’s gigantic shoulder pads
Ever wonder how Garth Snow became a part-time goalie on a Stanley Cup contender? Continue reading29 Comments