88 things about Lindros

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

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1. "Everyone on earth was put here for a purpose. Mine is to sell newspapers." - Lindros on his fame.

2. Full name Eric Bryan Lindros.

3. Born in London, Ont., Feb. 28, 1973.

4. Chose No. 88 in junior, hoping to emulate No. 99.

5. Nicknamed Big E, The Next One.

6. First paying job was working on a maintenance crew at age 12.

7. On skates at age 2, young Eric would often wear his hockey helmet all day.

8. First NHL point on Oct. 6, 1992, a goal against Pittsburgh's Tom Barrasso.

9. "He's like an apartment building on skates." -- Flyers GM Bob Clarke.

10. Has a brother younger Brett and a sister, Robin.

11. Modelled his style after Mark Messier and ended up on the same team.

12.. Growing up, Eric's father Carl was an accountant, his mother Bonnie a registered nurse.

13. Carl sought advice from Bobby Orr's parents as to how to guide his talented son.

14. "He pushes us, we don't push him." - Carl on criticism the family interfered in his career.

15. Grade 3 science project was how to make an ice rink.

16. A former St. Mike's Buzzer.

17. Refused to play for the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL, went to Oshawa Generals.

18. Played first OHL game in Peterboro, fought and beat Petes' overager Mike Dagenais.

19. CMJHL player of the year with Oshawa, '90-91.

20. "I don't think I'm bigger than the game. I just want the same rights as everyone else." -- Lindros on NHL draft day 1991.

21. Picked first in 1991 draft by Quebec; second was Pat Falloon (San Jose).

22. Traded from the Nords to the Flyers in 1992 for Ron Hextall, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, two first round picks and $15 million US.

23. Scored twice, pelted with baby soothers in first game at Le Colisee after snubbing Nords.

24. Traded by the Nords to the Flyers and Rangers on the same day in 1992.

25. Larry Bertuzzi, the NHL arbitrator of the botched deal, turned out to be an old football teammate of Carl's and future NHLer Todd Bertuzzi's uncle. The Flyers won the case.

26. Is the sixth No. 1 overall pick to be a Leaf, after Rob Ramage ('79), Wendel Clark ('85), Mats Sundin ('89), Owen Nolan ('90) and Bryan Berard ('95).

27. Only Flyer ever to score on a playoff penalty shot (1997 against Buffalo's Steve Shields).

28. He and Clarke are Flyers' only Hart winners.

29. In addition to '95 Hart, was voted by players as the league MVP (Pearson Award).

30. Recently moved to a new house just north of Toronto and is "Martha Stewart-ing it up."

31. Took a U of T economics course during lockout.

32. Member of 2002 Canadian Olympic champions.

33. First Leaf memory was watching Darryl Sittler.

34. No. 88 is seventh highest worn by a Leaf (Alex Mogilny 89, Doug Gilmour/Alex Godynyuk 93, Sergei Berezin 94, Phil Housley 96, Wilf Paiement 99)

35. First NHL hat trick vs. Ottawa on Nov. 15, 1992 against Peter Sidorkiewicz.

36. Is the first Hart Trophy forward on the Leafs since Andy Bathgate (1963-65).

37. Ranked second of the Hockey News top 25 players of 1992-93.

38. Tied for Art Ross Trophy in 1995, but lost to Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr based on 29 goals to Jagr's 32.

39. Member of the Flyers' Crazy Eights Line (Mark Recchi (8), Brent Fedyk (18).

40. Had a personal insurance premium of $20 million if held to fewer than 20 games in 2001-02.

41. Would've been a teammate of Mats Sundin had he joined the Nords.

42. Tenth team captain in Flyers' history.

43. Broke Brian Propp's team record with 41 goals for Flyers in 1992-93.

44. Tied NHL record with eight road points vs. Ottawa on Feb. 26, 1997.

45. Set team assist record with six in same game.

46. One of 11 active NHLers with at least 10 hat tricks.

47. Has 106 career power play goals.

48. First hat trick as a Ranger and 300th NHL goal on Nov. 18, 2001, vs. Atlanta.

49. Was an AC/DC fan (Angus Young pictured at left) as a kid;. Later, it was Shania Twain.

50. Co-wrote Fire On Ice with Toronto journalist Randy Starkman in 1991.

51. Led Oshawa and the OHL with 71 goals and 149 points in 1990-91.

52. "It's not a sad story, but a story that is unfulfilled," -- former Flyers' teammate Rick Tocchet.

53. Teams he has almost signed with or been traded to are Blues, Hurricanes, Isles and Coyotes.

54. Piled up more than 100 penalties minutes in eight of his 12 NHL seasons.

55. Had just three points in the 1997 Stanley Cup final against Detroit.

56. Part of the Rangers' $70 million payroll in 2001-02, the first NHL team to go that high.

57.Turned down a $8.5 million US qualifying offer from the Flyers in 2000 to try and change teams.

58. Favourite book as a child was Lassie Come Home.

59. Accused of spitting and pouring a beer on a woman at a Whitby bar in '92, he was cleared.

60. Carl was in the Chicago Blackhawks system and was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos.

61. First of eight concussions on March 7, 1998, hit by Pittsburgh's Darius Kasparaitis.

62. Among players he's nearly been traded for, Keith Primeau, Keith Tkachuk, Nik Antropov, Tomas Kaberle, Sergei Berezin and numerous first-round picks.

63. At 22, the youngest Hart Trophy (right) winner since Gretzky.

64."I haven't closed the book on Eric because this one's going to have more pages than War And Peace." -- Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber.

65. "I don't want to get sucked in again." - Leafs' GM/coach Pat Quinn went two trades for Lindros fell apart in 2001.

66. "We've never had a Darth Vader in the NHL before." - Quebec Nordiques GM Pierre Page.

67. "I don't think anyone wants to go to jail over Eric Lindros," Quebec GM/coach Pierre Page on possible bodily harm to Lindros in that province.

68. "You just never know." -- Lindros on if he'd ever become a Leaf.

69. "When is he going to learn?" -- Don Cherry on Lindros getting hit with his head down.

70. "It's a three-period game." - a member of the Leafs' board of directors in 2001 during the drawn out trade talks.

71. Eric nearly died from an undetected collapsed lung after a game in Nashville in 1999.

72. Brett was to be picked 10th by the Leafs in 1994, but the Isles moved up and took him ninth.

73. Lindros is single, but has been linked in the past to model Monica Schnarre and actress Kate Hudson.

74. "It was sickening." -- Flyers' John LeClair, after Lindros was hammered by Scott Stevens.

75. Traded to Rangers from Flyers in 2001, for Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl and a third-round pick.

76. Had tryouts with the Blue Jays in 1990-91.

77. An avid, but suspect golfer; enjoys fishing.

78. Has 817 points in 678 career NHL games.

79. Flyers' were ready to sue when a Philly DJ alleged Lindros was hung over and missed a game. The DJ was let go, the suit dropped.

80. Career high four goals against Felix Potvin and the Leafs on March 19, 1997.

81. Plays at 244 pounds, now tips scales at 250. Listed by NHL at 237.

82. Works with Children's Miracle Network.

83. Has a dog named Bacchus.

84. Canada's captain at the Nagano Olympics.

85. Fifth-fastest in NHL history to reach 500 points

86. "He's competitive. He'd rip your eyes out to win at Tiddly-Winks." - ex Oshawa coach Rick Cornacchia.

87. Paid $3,500 for a pair of seats from old Maple Leaf Gardens at a charity auction.

88. "It's about time." -- Lindros's first comment as a Leaf after Thursday's signing.


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