On this date in 1985, Pelle Lindbergh passed at the age of 26, in an automobile accident in New Jersey.
Lindbergh was drafted by the Flyers in 1979. He played in his first NHL game in 1981. In the 1984-85 season Lindbergh led the NHL with 40 victories and won the Vezina Trophy becoming the first European goaltender to do so. In that same year he was named a First Team All-Star.
In 1994, The Flyers created the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy. This would be presented annually to the Flyers’ most improved player from the previous season, as voted by his teammates.
ALSO ON THIS DATE:
- The Flyers own an all-time record of 8-3-2-1.
- Born on 'This Date' are Flyers Alumni: Don Saleski (1971-79) and Bill Sutherland (1967-71).
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