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by Paul on 04/30/10 at 10:58 AM ET
from Chris Young of the Toronto Star,
Hockey fans have forever known him as “Terrible” Ted Lindsay, but perhaps it’s time to retire that particular sobriquet, a long four and a half decades after he did the same thing with his playing career.
With the unveiling of the Ted Lindsay Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame Thursday in front of an audience of family and many of his peers in the game, “Venerable” seems a more fitting prefix. The 84-year-old Lindsay has his own locker space in the present-day Red Wings’ dressing room, his No. 7 jersey hangs from the Joe Louis Arena rafters and now a bronze-on-maple trophy named for him replaces the one in former Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s name since 1970, awarded to the NHL Players’ Association’s most outstanding player.
“It’s beautiful,” said Lindsay, who with his wife Joanne provided input to designer Myros Trutiak’s creation. “I wanted a little character to it, and I think the colour in it, the wing and the wheel on the chest is very important to me.
“It goes to the best, voted on by his peers. So that means there’s no politics involved. That tells you the whole story – whoever wins it is entitled to it.”
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