Then and Now: Mikael Renberg
By Bill Meltzer
On November 20, 2014, two-thirds of the Legion of Doom line took their rightful places as members of the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame. Eric Lindros and John LeClair were honored for their longtime status of ranking among the top players in franchise history.
The third original member of the line, Mikael Renberg, will probably not receive that honor. After a brilliant start in his first two-and-a-half seasons in the NHL, a series of major injuries cut the heart out of what otherwise may be have been the prime of the well-liked Swede's career.
Always known for his modesty and refusal to make excuses, Renberg is humble when asked to rate his own NHL career.
"I'm really proud of my career. I had a good career, but I was not as good as John and Eric. They were superstars. I'm happy with what I did, but I was not as good as them," Renberg said on the night of LeClair and Lindros' induction into the tea Hall of Fame.
Renberg was an outstanding two-way player in his own right before the injuries. His success did not come simply by riding the coattails of Lindros and LeClair or rookie-year linemate Mark Recchi.
"Mikael was just as big a part of the line as I was or as Johnny was," said Lindros. "It took all three of us to do something. I certainly don't forget what Mikael Renberg was all about, that's for sure."