"I want to thank everyone who came out to tonight’s practice. It was awesome to see everyone of you Flyers fans! Coach Keenan pulled me aside and let me know I get the start! This is going to be fun hockey. Fans stay tuned!"
"Sure, we talked," Clarke told ESPN.com via cell phone Friday evening. "It was fine. I asked him how his brother was doing. He asked me about my family. We’re fine. There’s really no animosity."
So there, Kumbaya in the City of Brotherly Love, OK?
Not ever before has an alumni game carried this much buzz, nor will one ever again in all likelihood. But the reunion of the Big E and Bobby on the same ice surface in front of 40,000-plus fans on New Year’s Eve is about as good as it gets in this town.
When Lindros arrived at the ballpark on Friday afternoon, he was soon swarmed by a large media scrum on the field. After finishing with questions, cameras followed his every step across the field as he headed towards the makeshift ice rink that will host Monday’s real NHL game.
Make no mistake about it, despite all the bad blood and the ugly exit, Lindros remains a huge star in this town. When he stepped on the ice at practice on Friday, he was cheered loudly by the fans on hand.
"It’s very nice to see Eric here, he’s a huge part of Philadelphia Flyers history with everything he did on the ice, the way he carried himself -- he was a hard-nosed player and showed up every night," former Flyers teammate Shjohn Podein told ESPN.com at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. "To have him welcomed back and embraced like this by the fans will be nice to see."
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