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Hockey List revised: Eric Lindros now number one!

We here at have another major update that we are excited to present to all of you.

Recently, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley would be the Class of 2015.  Once a Hall of Fame Class is announced, our next task is obvious….work on the next list!

We here at have created the new list and it is a little different than it has been in years past.  What we mean by that is that for the first time ever we do not have any new entry that placed in our top ten.  For that matter, we do not have any new entry that made the top twenty!

Let’s take a look at the new top ten and the new entries, shall we?

For the first time ever, former NHL Hart Trophy winner, Eric Lindros ascends to the top of the list.  Lindros rocketed from the #7 spot and in our opinion is in the best spot of his career to potentially make the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Don Cherry, the enigmatic coach of “Coach’s Corner” remains at number 2.  Cherry, a former Jack Adams Trophy winner might be the most known personality on the hockey list. 

Coming in at #3 is Sergei Makarov, a Soviet born player who was in the NHL at the tail end of his career.  Makarov moved up three spots from last year.

At #4 is Paul Kariya, a former Anaheim Duck who moved up from number six.  Kariya is a former seven time NHL All Star. 

The number #5 spot belongs to Mark Recchi who also moved up three spots.  

Number #6 on the countdown belongs to Thereon Fleury who also moved up a few spots.  

The #7 spot belongs to Alexander Mogilny, who moved up from the #11 spot. 

The number #8 spot on this years’ countdown belongs to Dave Andreychuck, who holds the record for the most power play goals in the game.  

The #9 slot belongs to Bernie Nicholls, who is having his best offensive numbers for the list and the highest ranking ever of his career.

Rounding out the top ten of the 2016 list is Jeremy Roenick who moved to the elite top ten.

For the first time since we began our site, this will be the first time where there will be no new eligible entry for the top ten, in fact none of the new eligible players cracked the top twenty-five.

The highest debut this year belongs to Alex Kovalev, who makes his hockey debut at #33.  The Russian is a former Second Team All Star.

Kovalev is joined by Roman Hamrlik (#85) and Miroslav Satan (#91) also make their first appearance on the list.

There is a new debut on our list, but not of a first year eligible player as the late defenceman, Carol Vadnais, takes the #100 spot.

With no surefire first year inductees eligible for the Hall, could this propel the Hockey Hall of Fame to induct men like Lindros, who many feel have been passed over for a few years.

If it is going to happen, 2016 seems like a wide open window to us!

So with this major update set up here at, you know what we want you to do right?

We encourage all of you to take a look and cast your votes and make your voices be heard.  If you have not voted on anything previously, we ask you to tell us your thoughts!


Don Cherry states Eric Lindros should be in the HHOF

Number two is endorsing number one.

At least that is how it is for us at feel as last night, Don Cherry who is ranked #2 on our Hockey List emphatically spoke on how our #1 man on the Hockey List, Eric Lindros, should be in.

“When he was a junior player, he played for Oshawa, he won the Memorial Cup; he was player of the year in junior; at 18 years old he played in the Canada Cup and when they won, he was a force; 760 [NHL] games, 875 points; 53 playoff games, he got 57 points; Legion of Doom, [Mikael] Renberg and [John] LeClair, a highest-scoring line maybe of all time; most dominant player for five years; seven times an All-Star; NHL MVP, the Hart Trophy; top scorer in the NHL, the Art Ross; two [World Junior Championships] golds; captain of the Olympics; and when he retired, he gave $5 million to the hospital, And he isn’t in the Hall of Fame!”

Mr. Cherry we agree, but guess what?  So should you!

Eric Lindros headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame Class

We love days like this!

Today the Hockey Hall of Fame announced the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Class and without any clear cut nominees it opened up the chance for other entries to enter the hallowed halls of Toronto.  This is exactly what happened today.

Eric Lindros, the former NHL Hart Trophy winner will headline this year’ class.  Lindros was forced to retire early due to concussions but was still able to be a Point per Game player with 865 career Points.  Lindros was a seven time NHL All Star and was ranked #1 on our Hockey List.

Lindros will be joined by Sergei Makarov, the former star of the Soviet Red Army of the 1980’s.  Makarov would take the Soviet Union to eight World Hockey Championships and two Olympic Gold Medals.  He would later join the NHL and played 400 Games.  Makarov is ranked #3 on or list.

Goalie, Rogie Vachon also made the cut.  Vachon won the Stanley Cup three times with the Montreal Canadians and was a three time All Star.  Vachon was ranked #21 on our list.

These three players will be joined by the late coach, Pat Quinn, who also was a one time chair of the Hall of Fame.

We here at would like to congratulate this year’s class and assure you that in three weeks we will have the new list up.

A look at the new Hockey HOF Inductees

Today is one of our favorite days here at as tonight is when the Hockey Hall of Fame officially inducts their latest class.

We thought it would be fun to take another look at the achievements of this year’s class.

The undisputed headliner this year is Eric Lindros who made it in to Hall in his seventh year of eligibility.  This felt like it would it be his year, as in previous years, there had always been elite players with longer careers than Lindros, as shown by the fact last year was the first time he was ranked #1 by us at 

While concussions shortened his career considerably, this is still a man with a substantial resume of accomplishments.  In 760 Games, he would tabulate 865 Points, well over a Point per Game.  He would win the coveted Hart Trophy in the 1994-95 Season, and also won the Lester B. Pearson Award, the honor given to the Most Valuable Player as viewed by the NHL players.  His accolades also include a First Team All Star, A Second Team All Star and six trips to the All Star Game.

Lindros may not have won the Stanley Cup but did very well internationally, helping Canada win the Gold Medal at the 1990 and 1991 World Junior Championships.  As a Senior, he would win the Silver Medal at the 1992 Olympic Games and Gold at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake.

Eric Lindros may be the headliner, but for us, Sergei Makarov is the sentimental favorite.

Makarov has been ranked in our top six (last year at #3) since we first began our site in 2009.  Considered the best of the Red Army in the 1980’s, Makarov would help the Soviet Union win eight Gold Medals at the World Championships and two Gold Medals.  He would finally enter the NHL in the 1989-90 season where he won the Calder Trophy and overall had 384 Points in 424 Games.  As the Hockey Hall of Fame openly includes international accomplishments, the induction of Sergei Makarov is long overdue.  It took seventeen years for him to get in.

The third player to get in this year, and perhaps a bit of a surprise (even to the former player) is that of former Goalie, Rogie Vachon.  Vachon, who in the last ranking was #21 (though the second highest rated Goaltender) was a three time Stanley Cup Champion with the Montreal Canadians, and would win the Vezina Trophy with them in 1968.  Many remember Vachon best however during his time with the Los Angeles Kings where he would receive two Second Team All Star selections and two top three Hart Trophy finishes.  Arguably, he made Los Angeles a far better team than they had any right to be at the time.  This was Vachon’s thirty-first year of eligibility.

The fourth and final inductee is former Head Coach, Pat Quinn, who will be inducted posthumously.  As a Head Coach in the NHL, Quinn would have a record of 684-528-145 combined with Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton.  Quinn was a two time Jack Adams Trophy winner as the NHL Coach of the Year and while he did not win a Stanley Cup, he would take Team Canada to an Olympic Gold Medal in 2002 and the World Cup in 2004.

Once again we here at would like to congratulate this years inductees and we look forward to seeing whom they will induct next year!

The Philadelphia Flyers retire the #88 of Eric Lindros

As we slowly work on the greatest 50 players of every major franchise of the big four of North American sports we will eventually look at how each of those teams honor those who played for them in the past. As such it is newsworthy to us that the Philadelphia Flyers retired the number 88 of Eric Lindros.

Lindros was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1991 and famously refused to report to the team. He sat out a year and was traded to the Flyers in a megadeal and he would immediately become the face of the franchise. A power forward in every sense of the word, Lindros’ imposing size was complimented with finesse skills. In the 1994-95 strike shortened season, Lindros was named the Hart Trophy winner while also earning First Team All Star Honors. The following season Lindros had a career high 115 Points and was named a Second Team All Star. In 1997, he led the Flyers to a Stanley Cup Final and was the playoffs leading scorer, though the team went down to defeat to the Detroit Red Wings.

As big and as powerful as Lindros was, his style of play made him injury prone and more specifically he began to get concussed often. He also suffered a collapsed lung, which was followed by a team edict for him to fly back to Philadelphia (this occurred in Nashville). He didn’t, and had he done so he would have likely died in the plane.

The injuries led to a public battle between Lindros and Flyers management, namely GM Bobby Clarke who questioned his star’s toughness. During the 2000-01 season, Lindros was cleared to return but refused to report and would sit out the remainder of the season. He would later be dealt to the New York Rangers but to say that the parting between the Flyers and Lindros was smooth would be an inaccurate one. Number 88 would play five more years in the NHL with New York, Toronto and the Dallas Stars before retiring.

Bridges were seemingly burned but Lindros would play in the Alumni Game at the 2012 Winter Classic at the request of GM, Paul Holmgren. Lindros would later be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016 and this was mostly due to his work as a Philadelphia Flyer.

As a Flyer, Lindros was a six time All Star and he scored 659 Points over 486 Games, an incredible 1.36 Points per Game Average.

Lindros becomes the sixth player to have his number retired by the Flyers. He joins Bernie Parent (1), Mark Howe (2), Barry Ashbee (4), Bobby Clarke (7) and Bill Barber (16).

We here at would like to congratulate Eric Lindros for achieving this latest honor.

Our Top 50 All-Time Philadelphia Flyers are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Philadelphia Flyers who have won their conference eight times and would win the Stanley Cup twice. Those wins took place in the second in 1974 and 1975, making them the first expansion team to win it all.

As for all of our top 50 players in hockey we look at the following: 

  1. Advanced Statistics.
  1. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NHL.
  1. Playoff accomplishments.
  1. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found herebut as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

  1. Bobby Clarke
  1. Bernie Parent
  1. Bill Barber
  1. Eric Lindros
  1. Mark Howe

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  Look for the Top 50 Atlanta Braves next.

As always we thank you for your support.

Eric Lindros

Dubbed “The Next One”, Eric Lindros never really lived up to the mammoth expectations heaped upon him. This isn’t to say that Eric Lindros didn’t have a good career, as he most certainly did. He won the prestigious Hart Trophy in 1995 and had 115 points the following year. Lindros did average well over a point a game in his career but the issue was that his career was cut short by concussions. Throw in the constant issues he seemed to have with various managements, Lindros was not always the most beloved man in hockey. With a career riddled with concussions and controversy, a man who had the size, speed and skills to be a legend could very well be a “bubble” pick to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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