Sometimes fans show up, and Lindros signs autographs. Anweiler has a frame in his office with two photos of Lindros in his St. Mike’s uniform and one of him in a Canada IIHF World Junior
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“Eric,” Lindros writes. “Thanks for the ice!”
Remember that Lindros entered the NHL with the highest of expectations and was a dominant force at his peak, and his career was cut short by injuries, particularly concussions.
He wasn’t the same after New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens put a shoulder into his jaw in Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Final. He retired at age 33 having played 760
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The game he loved stopped being fun, and then it stopped altogether, and he struggled with it.
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But eventually he made peace with it and rediscovered the fun. Looking back, he feels
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“There’s just so many selfless people out there that have spent time with you as a coach, as a trainer, the team managers, obviously my parents, their sacrifices,” he said. “It’s incredible. It
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No wonder he feels at home at North Toronto Arena, where, at 43, he can be 10 again.
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