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The Big E of course refers to #88 - the superstar hockey player Eric Lindros!

Eric Lindros

Eric Lindors Rookie CardEric Lindros was born on February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada. He grew up playing hockey in Southern Ontario as his parents moved to the provincial capital of Toronto. He had a dominating junior career with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League and helped Canada's junior national team win gold medals. In 1991, he was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques of the NHL. Eric refused to play for the Nords and sat out for the year, forcing the Nordiques to trade Lindros to the Philadelphia Flyers for Peter Forsberg, Steve Duschene, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Philly’s first-round pick in 1993 and 1994, and $15 million in cash.

Eric Lindors took up number 88 and had a great career in Philly, centering the dominating "Legion of Doom" that includes himself, John Leclair and Mikael Renberg. Eric won the Hart trophy as the NHL's most valuabe player in 1995 and led the Flyers to a Stanley Cup final (which they lost) in 1997. The only thing that could stop The Big E were injuries and he had a way to getting them - most significantly concussions. His physical style of hockey saw him get "laid out" a few times. In the summer of 2001, Eric Lindros was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers with a conditional pick in the 2003 draft to the New York Rangers for Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl and a 3rd round pick in the NHL 2003 draft. His stay in New York was average at best and at the start of the 2005-06 season, Eric Lindros decided to come home and signed a one year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He got off to a quick start with Toronto and has been a steady contributer to the very talented Maple Leafs team.