No.88 is in the rafters.
On Thursday evening before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Eric Lindros became just the sixth player in Philadelphia Flyers’ history to have his jersey number retired.
Lindros averaged a franchise record 1.35 points-per-game in Philadelphia from 1992-2000, winning the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1995 after leading the NHL in scoring in the lockout-shortened season. He then helped the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final two years later.
“These are one of those days you take for the rest of your life. It’s a special moment,” Lindros said before the ceremony. “You feel lucky.”
The 23-minute, on-ice tribute included video highlights on a giant four-sided projector, with Lindros receiving several standing ovations before his number was hoisted to the rafters.
Orange and black souvenir T-shirts were placed on seats so fans on both sides of the ice traced out the No. 88 in black. His number was painted into the ice behind both goals and banners that included “There’s only one 88” hung from the upper deck.
Here’s the full Eric Lindros jersey retirement ceremony that aired Thursday night on NBCSPhilly: