We all have distinct memories of guys like John LeClair and Eric Lindros, who were both inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame earlier this season. They each scored bundles of goals for the Philadelphia Flyers, were key pieces of memorable plays, and in LIndros' case, delivered dozens of bone-crunching hits that stick out in the mind of anybody who watched him play in orange and black.
But with a guy like Eric Desjardins, the memories are not as clear. We know that he played for the Philadelphia Flyers for 11 seasons, and that he's one of the best defensemen to ever play for the team. He was a calming force on the Spectrum and [Insert Bank Name Here] Center blueline through the 1990s and early 2000s, and was a key piece of some of those teams in his day that probably deserved a Stanley Cup or two.
But as for distinct memories that stick out with Rico, there aren't many. I polled the other writers here at BSH on their favorite Desjardins memory, and ... crickets. Albert said "I had his jersey as a kid" and Kevin said "I can't really remember anything specific." I asked our followers on Twitter, too .... similarly quiet.
A few people mentioned this goal from the 1995 playoffs ...
... but that's not what defined Desjardins' career. Moreso, it was this:
@BroadStHockey Probably that time he was our most steady defenseman for 10 years— Andrew (@TheFuppet) February 19, 2015
Eric Desjardins goes into the Flyers Hall of Fame tonight, and it's not because he was a particularly memorable player. As one of the best defensemen in team history, we shouldn't remember him as particularly memorable -- because that's what made him so good. He didn't mess up enough for him to stick out in your mind. He was just always there, occasionally chipping in on offense, but most of the time just making the right defensive play, against the best players, night in and night out for a decade.
Calm, consistent, elite. That's how I'd describe Rico.