In 1983, Swedish hockey star Pelle Lindbergh was named goalie of the NHL All-Rookie Team. He led the NHL with 40 victories during the 1984–85 season and was the first European goaltender to in NHL history to win the Vezina Trophy.

In November 1985, the Flyers' goalie lost control of his Porsche and hit a wall and was immediately declared brain dead. He passed away days later. Lindbergh's accident took place as he drove home from the Coliseum after a team party. His blood alcohol level at the time was .24%, well above New Jersey's legal limit. He was named an honorary All-Star the next year, and no Flyer has worn his number 31 since his death.

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