He Was a Dallas Star? Eric Lindros

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The Dallas Stars have been consistently competitive, reaching the Western Conference Final in the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though the Stars were eliminated in six games, Stars fans honored a good, if not great, regular season and postseason.

If you’re a Stars fan, you might’ve forgotten the past, as several players were once Dallas Stars. For today, I’ll go in-depth about former Dallas Star Eric Lindros.

Eric Lindros was born in London, Ontario, on February 28, 1973, and grew up in Toronto. He’s a 50-year-old former NHL player who played center and shot right. His net worth is about $30 million.

Lindros was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Draft. He previously played for the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals, the Metro Junior “B” Hockey League’s St. Michael’s Buzzers, and the Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Young Nationals’ minor ice hockey teams.

Lindros wasn’t primarily known for his stint in Québec City, Québec. He reportedly signaled in advance that he’d never play for the Nordiques, citing their ownership, however, they selected him anyways. He later went to the Philadelphia Flyers, becoming a top player thanks to his spectacular physical strength and playmaking ability. He played in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000.

After an eight-year tenure in Philadelphia, Lindros went on to play for the New York Rangers from 2001-04, Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005-06, and Dallas Stars in 2006-07. Lindros’ best days were behind him when he signed a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Stars on June 17, 2006. The Stars needed size after losing Eric Arnott to free agency and reportedly thought the price of Lindros was right. Lindros’ arrival in Dallas wasn’t high-profile, but he believed his support role with the Stars felt right.

It was so awkward to see Lindros in a Stars uniform, but the NHL is a business at the end of the day. NHL players perform in the top professional hockey league in the world, there are many challenges and sacrifices each NHL player must make. In Lindros’ case, he achieved a work-life balance and revolutionized the power forward of the modern era, despite suffering six concussions that seemed to shorten his NHL career.

Lindros formally announced his retirement on November 8, 2007, at 34. His post-retirement has been treating him well. He married Kina Lamarche, a Québec native and former president of Travelex’s North American wing, in 2012. The couple welcomed three children: a boy named Carl Pierre and fraternal twins named Sophie Rose and Ryan Paul. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.

Ana Kieu

Ana Kieu is a journalist by trade. Her love for sports shows in her writing, editing, and podcasting work. She writes about the NHL for Inside The Rink.

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