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Not A Fan Of The Ted Lindsay Award

from Randy Boswell of Camwest News Service at the Ottawa Citizen,

Canada’s top history advocate says the NHL Players’ Association has cheated Lester B. Pearson of a rightful legacy by dropping the former prime minister’s name from its showcase hockey trophy and rechristening it the Ted Lindsay Award.

Pearson, a Nobel Peace Prize winner whose name adorns Toronto’s airport and the Ottawa headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, “was proud of that trophy, and he was proud of his life as a sportsman,” Andrew Cohen, president of the Historica-Dominion Institute, told Canwest News Service.

“If anyone deserves this honour, it’s Lester Pearson. To remove his name, after 40-some years, to me is a great disappointment.”

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redxblack's avatar

What Lindsay sacrificed to attempt to unionize was incredibly large. He did it because it was the right thing to do, but it cost him greatly. I can’t think of any other professional who sacrificed for the other players as much as Ted Lindsay. It’s certainly a fitting tribute. Last I checked, Lester Pearson did not kill his own career to help his colleagues deal with criminals and corrupt owners.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/13/10 at 09:51 PM ET

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Last I checked, Lester Pearson did not kill his own career to help his colleagues deal with criminals and corrupt owners.

Yeah, you’re right.  All he did was win the Nobel Peace Prize.  And for that, he deserves to have his name taken off an award after 40+ years.

Good logic.

Posted by Garth on 05/14/10 at 12:04 AM ET

UMFan's avatar

I can’t think of any other professional who sacrificed for the other players as much as Ted Lindsay.

Really? Jackie Robinson did a pretty good job sacrificing for an entire race of ball players. Curt Flood basically sacrificed the end of his career to pave the way for free agency for all sports. I’m sure there is more. I can say that Lindsay is in the company of few for what he’s done for his sport and professional players in general.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 05/14/10 at 12:29 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Canada’s top history advocate…

And that’s all anyone “south of the border” needs to read before they dismiss this load of crap. But just so we set the record straight…

Lester Bowles “Mike” Pearson was a Canadian professor, historian, civil servant, statesman, diplomat, and politician, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for organizing the United Nations Emergency Force to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis.

If anyone thinks that distinguished political record trumps the distinguished hockey record of Terrible Ted, they’re seriously delusional.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/14/10 at 12:32 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I don’t know beans about Curt Flood. Jackie Robinson’s achievements have been well recognized. His stance in breaking the color barrier erected in the 1880s (he wasn’t the first African American to play in the MLB system, just the first since the ban went into effect) was HUGE. Still, he had an amazing career from that point forward. His bravery was rewarded by gobs of spit from racist “fans”, and the accolades of millions once the change he helped to usher in became a reality. I’d say he’s gotten his due. Lindsay hasn’t.

Lindsay’s attempt to organize cost him his career. Jack Adams and Jimmy Norris sent him and Glenn Hall to Chicago as a punitive measure. They poisoned his team against him and ruined his career. He retired after 3 years with the Blackhawks. Ultimately, his efforts paid off and the NHL had to settle with former players and pay them money long overdue that was hidden from them. He exposed the corruption in the NHL and worked to ensure the rights of the role players in a league increasingly focusing on stars. He did this with no guarantees of support, and with money out of his own pocket. It cost him far more than anyone should have had to pay, but he did it anyway.

This award is voted on by members of the NHLPA that Lindsay inspired. It’s his union. Lester Pearson was a wonderful politician and fan of the game, but that’s not nearly as relevant to what this award means. Give Lindsay his due.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/14/10 at 12:59 AM ET

pgoody's avatar

There just angry because its a former Redwing player… btw what the fuch do Curt Flood and Jackie Robinson have to do with hockey?

Posted by pgoody on 05/14/10 at 01:05 AM ET

Osrt's avatar

Um, “Bad logic” aside, the article acknowledges that Pearson is honored in numerous other ways. Moreover, I really doubt a Peace prize laureate would be “upset” or feel slighted by changing the name of an award to honor another great servant and sportsman. I would safely assume that he was a fan of Mr. Lindsay and his cause.

Can we also get the real conference and division names back?

Heaven forbid we cultivate a sense of history that goes beyond Gretzky’s 80s.

Posted by Osrt on 05/14/10 at 01:51 AM ET

edillac's avatar

this guy is an idiot,he should look for a job he can do well

Posted by edillac from isolation on 05/14/10 at 04:47 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

The Nobel Peace Prize is an interesting and highly political honor. If Kissinger can win it, what does it really mean? Obama also won the peace prize. He’s a basketball fan. Should they rename the MVP trophy after him? It’s a silly argument.

“Canada’s top history advocate” is a funny title. Maybe it’s because I’m a historian, but I am pretty resentful that someone would run around with that unofficial title as a credential to talk about this subject. The guy is a journalism professor and an international affairs expert. Of course he knows about a former PM. The article slights Lindsay’s off ice contribution, and minimizes his on-ice contribution by saying he had a great career as Gordie Howe’s linemate.

It’s ironic that the journalism professor is quoted by a shill journalist talking about a subject of which neither seem to have a real grasp.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/14/10 at 07:43 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I’m not a fan of randy Boswell. All points made here are valid reasons for the award to be renamed in honor of Ted Lindsay.

No doubt aboot it. I am aware of the history of Mr.Pearson, and though he is one of the greatest Canadians that has ever lived, his many achievements have nothing to do with the game itself.

Ted Lindsay deserves this one.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/14/10 at 08:35 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Yeah, you’re right.  All he did was win the Nobel Peace Prize.  And for that, he deserves to have his name taken off an award after 40+ years.

Good logic.

Posted by Garth on 05/13/10 at 11:04 PM ET

Is the Nobel Peace Prize a strong hockey credential? What impact did Pearson have on the NHL, and more importantly (considering the definition of the award), what impact did he have on the players’ control over the game?

Really? Jackie Robinson did a pretty good job sacrificing for an entire race of ball players.

Jackie Robinson played hockey? What you’re saying is completely true… but irrelevant. I don’t see any trophies named after Gordie Howe by MLB, nor should I.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/14/10 at 09:02 AM ET

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