Eric Lindros timeline
May 1989: Carl Lindros, Eric's father and agent, won't let his son report to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who make him the first overall pick. Later that year, Eric is traded to the Oshawa Generals for three players, some draft picks and $80,000. May 1990: Leads the Oshawa Generals to their first Memorial Cup since 1944. May 1991: Named the Canadian Hockey League's player of the year. June 1991: Drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques, but refuses to put on the team's jersey. June 30, 1992: After refusing to report to the Nordiques, Quebec owner deals Lindros to both the Flyers and the Rangers. Arbitrator Larry Bertuzzi rules in favour of the Flyers, who trade Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Ron Hextall, Philly's first-round pick and $15-million to get the youngster. Oct. 6, 1992: Scores his first NHL goal in his first NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. November, 1992: Lindros is charged with assault of allegedly spitting and pouring beer on a woman in the Koo Koo Bananas Bar in Whitby, Ont. He is eventually acquitted. Sept. 6, 1994: Named as captain. June 1995: Wins the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player in a strike-shortened season and leads the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the New Jersey Devils. June 1996: Finalist for Hart Trophy after putting up a 115-point season. Feb. 1998: Captain and leading scorer for Team Canada at the Nagano Olympics. Feb. 28, 1998: Scores the game-winning goal against the Rangers for the 500th point of his NHL career, becoming the fifth-fastest player in NHL history to reach the milestone (only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stastny and Mike Bossy reached the mark in fewer games). March 7, 1998: First concussion: Hit by Penguins defenceman Darius Kasparaitis sidelines Lindros for 18 games. April 1, 1999: Suffers punctured right lung in game against Nashville. Misses final seven games of regular season and Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against Toronto. Dec. 27, 1999: Second concussion: Calgary Flame forward Jason Wiemer's hit forces Lindros to miss two games. Jan. 14, 2000: Third concussion: Lindros is hit twice in the same shift in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers. He misses four games. March 4, 2000: Fourth concussion: Boston defenceman Hall Gill hits Lindros. Doctors misdiagnose his condition, and Lindros plays a few games before pulling himself out of the lineup. He misses the rest of the regular season and says the team's medical staff didn't treat his injury seriously enough. March 27, 2000: Eric Desjardins named as the 12th captain in Flyers history. May 4, 2000: Fifth concussion: While practising with Philadelphia's farm team, Lindros crashes into Francis Lessard. May 26, 2000: Sixth concussion: In just his second game back, a crushing Scott Stevens hit in the Eastern Conference finals puts Lindros out of commission. June, 2000: The Flyers make Carl Lindros' letters to the team public. In the letters, Carl Lindros complains about the team medical staff's incompetence. July 1, 2000: Lindros refuses to sign Philadelphia's $8.5-million US qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent. November 27, 2000: Lindros is cleared to resume play by Chicago neurosurgeon Dr. James Kelly.