When Eric Lindros first came to the Ontario Hockey League as a rookie in 1989, he was touted as one of the most highly skilled and promising young talents to come into the league in many years. He didn’t disappoint.
After refusing to report to the Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who drafted him first overall in the 1989 draft, Lindros was dealt to the Generals in what was at the time one of the biggest deals in OHL history.
The Generals paid a steep price for him, and the Greyhounds later benefited from the deal to become a league powerhouse for several years. But the Generals got everything they wanted from Lindros and more during a brief but spectacular junior hockey career.
Lindros played for the Generals from 1989-1992 and was a huge contributor to the team`s 1990 Memorial Cup win. He played 95 games in an Oshawa uniform, scoring an amazing 97 goals and 216 points. He won the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL`s MVP and was the CHL`s Player of the Year in 1990, was will go down in history as one of the greatest Generals of all time.
He went on to start in the NHL for 13 seasons and accumulated 865 points in just 760 regular season games. A former Hart Trophy winner and NHL scoring champion, Lindros battled injuries throughout his career but was still one of the most prolific scorers of his era.
Lindros helped the Generals sell out every game he played at the Civic Auditorium and after his marvellous NHL career came to an end, he attended his retirement ceremony on March 6th, 2006 to the cheers from a crowd he thrilled nearly two decades prior.
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