Eric Lindros leads Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Eric Lindros leads Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Injuries, and the time they robbed him of, were used by some to justify of his absence from the Hall, though not from the committee, which keeps all deliberations private.

They'll be joined by goalie Rogie Vachon and Russian star Sergei Makarov.

His 34-year wait is believed to be the longest in the history of the Hall, tying Dick Duff, who was elected in 1996 after retiring from the National Hockey League in 1972.

Eric Lindros is going into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Marie Greyhounds, where he had refused to report.

Lindros, who scored 372 goals and 865 points in 760 career games, is going in with another famous Flyers name, Pat Quinn, who passed away in 2014 from cancer at the age of 71. In a breakthrough year led by Makarov, Todd Elik, Sandis Ozolinsh and others, they upset the Detroit Red Wings in the first round and lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in the conference semifinals. With a trophy case larger than most airplane hangers, Makarov is probably the most overdue player in this years induction ceremony. If Lindros epitomized everything hockey could be, he also was a model victim for all the ways the game could do you wrong, from the self-defeating suffocation of hype to the short- and long-term distress of head injuries. In his global games against Canada he would rival Gretzky and Lemieux on the ice and on the score sheet, and now he joins them in the hall.

And Vachon? The legendary Los Angeles Kings keeper had been snubbed 31 times before earning for his well-deserved enshrinement. He'd take the reigns in the playoffs in 1967 but would lose i nthe Stanley Cup Finals to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He won Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins, providing veteran ballast to a 2011 Boston team that ended a Cup drought dating back to 1972.

Lindros could be an awe-inspiring blend of size, speed and sheer force, nearly a prototype for the ideal hockey player. Pat Quinn, a former defenseman, executive and two-time victor of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year, posthumously was voted in as a builder.

Lindros came to the Flyers for six players and $15 million in a massive trade with the Quebec Nordiques in 1992.

"When players were getting ready to play, they weren't saying, 'Oh my God, I've got to play against so and so or so and so'".

Quinn got the nod in the Builders category.

Yes, the same guy who as a Flyers general manager had a very acrimonious and public divorce with Lindros before finally trading him to NY in 2001 has been a member of the Hall of Fame's Selection Committee for the past two years.

Women lost out the most out of anyone, two spots were available, and none were used. While this addition seems like a no-brainer to anyone who followed the Flyers in the 1990s, there are those who feel that his less than impressive career stats are not good enough to deserve admittance to Hockey's most sacred club.

Any ill feelings left over from a six-year wait?

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