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Eric Lindros, John LeClair honored to be inducted together

Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center two-thirds of the legendary Legion of Doom will take its rightful place in the Flyers Hall of Fame.

After so many battles together, and a special return to the ice during the Flyers alumni game at the Winter Classic in 2012, John LeClair and Eric Lindroswill be honored together — as they should be.

“To me it’s great,” LeClair said. “Eric has been such a big part of my career and to have him right there next to me with everything is quite immense. Obviously, with what he’s done to get me to this point, to have him standing next to me is going to be a big thrill.”

While Lindros eventually left Philadelphia, and then the game of hockey due to post-concussion syndrome, he has found success in business back in Toronto. LeClair still lives locally, raising his kids in Haverford and consulting for his old agency.

While both may lack the credentials to make the Pro Hockey Hall of Fame, their accomplishments in Philly are hard to argue with.

“[We are] greatly honored,” Lindros said earlier this week. “I mean Philadelphia is where I played my best hockey as a pro. I really enjoyed it. There were countless moments that I recall and have extremely fond memories of. It was a great environment to play in.”

One of those moments came in February of 1997, when the Lindros, LeClair and Mikael Renberg line set a record, recording 16 points.

“John, Mikael and I were a pretty special group,” Lindros said. “We set up one another and we certainly enjoyed playing with one another and being together on and off the ice. It really was a special group to be involved with.”

Of course, the Legion of Doom’s resume is lacking one important piece of hardware — despite their best efforts and a trip to the Finals against Detroit in 1997, LeClair, Lindros and company were unable to win a Stanley Cup.

“It’s a huge disappointment,” LeClairsaid. “There were many years that I thought we had a team that were more capable of winning the Stanley Cup. We had some real good teams that it would have been great to win the cup and I think the city deserved it with the teams we had. So it is disappointing and it is one thing I look back on and I really wish we could have won a cup here in Philly because there were some great people, some great teams, and it would have been real good.”

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