05/03/1993 at 01:00 AM EDT
Eric Lindros can't help it. The hugely talented rookie for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team is the center of attention wherever he goes. Never mind that he lives in the home of a married teammate and favors jeans and flip-flops. Such is the clamor of teenage girls over the 20-year-old that he sometimes must be smuggled into arenas. Says Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter Gary Miles: "It's like having Tom Cruise
on a hockey team." Not a bad comparison. At 6'4" and 235 lbs., the Flyers' Top Gun, who is feared for his intimidating body checks, has the dark profile, the boyish gaze and the drawing power. He may play with a helmet, but not a halo. The London, Ont., native was recently cleared in court of pouring beer on a woman in a bar. Not surprisingly, they're still sighing in the stands in Philly, a situation that Lindros, who will make $21 million over six years, does little to encourage. "A comb hasn't been through this hair in three years," he says. As for women, he is not facing off with anybody special just now, but the Flyers are trying to help. At a recent charity event, a team-sponsored "Evening with Eric" was offered. As a slew of disappointed females looked on, the raffle was won by a man.