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Eric Lindros Biography

Refused To Play For Greyhounds, Chronology, Drafted By Quebec, Rights Traded To Flyers, Breakout SeasonCONTACT INFORMATION, SELECTED WRITINGS BY LINDROS:


Canadian hockey player

Though considered one of the most talented players to ever play in the National Hockey League (NHL), Eric Lindros has had a controversial career from his days in junior hockey. Some believe that he has never fully realized his potential as a player. A power forward in the truest sense, Lindros has size (6'5"; 220 lbs), strong skating ability, a scorer's touch, and is a master of physical play. However, he has also had numerous injuries, including a series of concussions, that affected his abilities. In addition, Lindros had public run-ins with the management of the team that drafted him (Quebec Nordiques) and the team he spent much of his career with (Philadelphia Flyers), that left his public image tainted.

Lindros was born on February 28, 1973, in London, Ontario, Canada to Carl and Bonnie Lindros. He had a

Eric Lindros

younger brother, Brett (who also became a professional hockey player, though his career was cut short because of concussions), and younger sister, Robin. Lindros's father was an accountant who had played minor league hockey in the Chicago Blackhawk system as well as college football at Western Ontario University. His mother was a nurse who had been a track athlete in high school.

When Lindros was seven years old, he began playing hockey in a youth league in London. It soon became evident that he had outstanding abilities, and he was motivated to play from an early age. He was better than most players his age. But hockey was not the focus of Lindros's life. His parents ensured that he had outside interests, including playing the trumpet, and that he took summers off from hockey. The family moved to Toronto when Lindros was ten, and it was there that he played Junior B hockey for St. Michael's College in Toronto.


Address: c/o New York Rangers, 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121.


(With Randy Starkan) Fire on Ice, Harper Collins, 1991.

(With Greg Brown) Pursue Your Goals, Taylor Publishing, 1999.

(With Tom Worgo) "One last shot?" Sport (February 2000): 52.

Sketch by A. Petruso

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