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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Eric Lindros #88 of the Philadelphia Flyers warms up before playing against the New York Rangers during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game on December 31, 2011 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

“I was 19 when I was traded to Philly. I had never been to Philadelphia myself. I didn’t know much about the city. My first memories were the press conference [and] staying at the hotel. I had some friends that came down to be there, [we were] walking down the hotel floor and Will Smith went the other way. The three of us looked at each other and… (laughs) …WOW!”

Eric and his friends still laugh at that memory to this day.

The Flyers will retire his number before they take on the Maple Leafs on January 18th – a game that will be heard right here on MMR. At 44 years old, Eric Lindros is humbled and gracious to receive this top hockey honor. Who did he thank first during our conversation this morning?  His parents.

Now more than ever the new dad recognizes the sacrifices his parents made to develop not one but two hockey careers (brother Brett played for Islanders). Great teammates, coaches and the or-ga-ni-zation also received his gratitude.

Besides hockey, what else does Eric love about Philadelphia? “Good places to go and great restaurants.”

Although the Applebee’s down the road from the Skate Zone will always hold a special place in his heart.

Take a listen to our interview with No. 88: