Oshawa, On- Eric Lindros stands in the lobby of the Oshawa City Council. 01/02/2016 Morais, Tommy.
“And now for the evening’s worst kept secret,” says mayor John Henry as he kicked off the introduction of this year’s Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame inductees at city council. The Sports Hall of fame is one of the most anticipated events of the evening. During this yearly event,inductees are announced and recognized for their individual contributions to sports in the city of Oshawa.
This year, one particular inductee stands out. At 6 ft 4, retired NHL player and former Oshawa General Eric Lindros casts an imposing figure. His large stature draws attention when he stands next to council members and his fellow inductees. Yet, on this occasion, Lindro’s most noticeable feature on is easily the bright, wide smile he sports on his face. He received thenews of his induction in the Hall of Fame twelves days prior to the event.
“I was honoured [to] get the call,” he said.
The 1991 NHL first round draft pick just might be the most popular inductee in Oshawa’s Sports Hall of Fame this year. As he leaves the room, a small crowd of students follows Lindros out of the council and into the lobby. When students badger him with questions, some of professional nature, others rooted in fandom. He smiles and politely answers.
The father of three says being recognized by the city of Oshawa is not just another in what is now a long line of accomplishments.
“I have so many great memories, friends and history here,” says Lindros of his time in an Oshawa Generals jersey. “I remember getting lost on Oshawa Boulevard the first night I got here.”
Touted early on in his career as “the next one” (a reference to Wayne Gretzky as “the great one”), Lindros left his mark in the 13 seasons he spent in the NHL playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Dallas Stars accumulating 372 goals, 493 assists in 760 games for a total of 865 points.
His resume also includes a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics, a Hart Trophy (1995), one Lester B. Pearson award (1995), and 7All-Star game appearances (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002).
“Communicating success is easy… but Communicating failure is just as important.”- Eric Lindros
The retired NHL player took the opportunity to talk to the small audience surrounding him about the See the Line foundation in which he currently serves the role of honorary chair. See the Line works on research and raising concussion awareness .
“Communicating success is easy,” says Lindros. “But people need to know that communicating failure is just as important.”
The Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on May 25 2016 at the General Motors Centre.