Thursday, September 18, 2008
Yeah, but you didn't report to the Nords
As a Belleville Bulls fan that remembers the late '80s all too well, this is not going to be easy. But, news today that Eric Lindros is donating $5 million to London Health Science Centre needs to be highlighted.
It's thought to be the biggest single donation by a Canadian athlete in history.
Lindros was an amazing talent (so was his brother) that has never been given the credit that he deserves. He's likely a Hall of Famer. He was on the Canada Cup team at 18 and he was the most dominating junior player I've ever seen play live (usually while screaming obscenities at him, it must be said). Yet, we (mostly) still view him as a spoiled brat that first refused to go to Sault Ste Marie, then held the Quebec Nordiques hostage.
Lindros was a teenager when those things happened. He grew up. It's time his critics did too and celebrated him for what he was--a incredibly talented player that was hard hit by injuries throughout his career--and for what he is now--a guy that gives $5 million to charity.