THE DEATH of Jerome Brown 20 years ago today was a devastating loss in the middle of a unique time in Philadelphia sports involving star athletes.
On June 20, the Flyers acquired the rights to Eric Lindros in a blockbuster trade with Quebec. The Flyers sent Ron Hextall, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Peter Forsberg, Chris Simon, first-round picks in the 1993 and 1994 NHL drafts and $15 million to the Nordiques. The deal led to a hearing within days involving the Flyers, Nordiques and Rangers. Arbitrator Larry Bertuzzi awarded the Flyers the rights to Lindros on June 30. The trade came 10 days after Bob Clarke returned to the Flyers as senior vice president. Clarke had been fired as the Flyers' general manager in 1990 and spent two seasons as the GM of the Minnesota North Stars.