Tuesday, July 28, 2009

John LeClair, Welcome to the (U.S.) Hockey Hall of Fame

Every Flyers fan's favorite goalie-screening, goal-scoring machine John LeClair has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame along with Tom Barrasso and Tony Amonte, another former Flyer, via Puck Daddy:

LeClair, of St. Albans, Vt., became the first American-born NHL player to post three consecutive 50-goal seasons -- all with the Philadelphia Flyers. He played for the Flyers for 10 seasons, totaling 333 goals, and finished his 17-season NHL career with 406 goals in 967 games. He represented the United States in the 1998 Olympics, '96 World Cup and the '88 and '89 World Junior Championships.

LeClair finished second in scoring among all players in the '96 World Cup, helping the Americans to a memorable performance with 6 goals and 10 points in seven games. He was also part of the "Divine Line" at the '02 Winter Olympics, skating alongside Brett Hull and Mike Modano -- the highest-scoring trio (9 goals, 21 points in 6 games) in the tournament. He was drafted 33rd by the Canadiens in 1987 and would win a Stanley Cup in Montreal in 1993. LeClair spent his final two seasons in Pittsburgh.

Congrats, John LeClair. You earned it. You'll always be welcomed in Philadelphia for your monster years as a Flyer.

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