NOW WE SKATE WITH 88.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they will retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88 jersey in a pre-game ceremony at the Wells Fargo Center on January 18, 2018, ahead of the club’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lindros, who was one of the greatest offensive threats in team history over his 486-game Flyers career, will become the sixth Flyers player so honored. He joins Bernie Parent, Mark Howe, Barry Ashbee, Bill Barber, and Bobby Clarke in the Wells Fargo Center rafters.
“Eric has made an incredible and lasting impact on the Flyers organization, our fans, and the game of hockey as a whole,” said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. “We could not be more proud to raise his number 88 to the rafters. We look forward to what is anticipated to be a historic night for the Flyers.”
“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.”
I can not imagine a more fitting player to have his number retired by any team. The number 88 has become synonymous with Lindros in Philly. No other player could wear it without eliciting thoughts of the Big E. The man who changed the game, and hockey for millennials in Philly, deserves to have his number retired. Good stuff.
Lindros will be on 97.5 today at 2:30.