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Video- Hrudey’s Take

via Sportsnet,

Kelly Hrudey and Ron MacLean honour Bob Ridley after his induction into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, and pay their respects to Ted Lindsay after the late legend has passed.

 

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Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Honor Ted Lindsay

A moment of silence for Ted Lindsay.

 

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One Tough Man

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

At the end of the season, if you’re the best player in the NHL, the trophy they give you is named after Ted Lindsay. That’s all you really need to know. He won four Stanley Cups and once led the league in scoring, was a Red Wings general manager and briefly their coach, and those accomplishments don’t begin to tell this guy’s story. Compact and powerful, he never grew beyond 5 foot 8, and by the time he reached his 90s, old age had stooped him even more. But no one stood taller than Ted Lindsay in the world of hockey.

No one.

And now that he has passed away, he hovers above the game for real.

Throw the switch. Close down the plant. The Production Line is finally at rest. Sid Abel departed at age 81 and Gordie Howe made it until 88. Lindsay was the last to go, living to within four months of his 94th birthday before passing away Monday at his home in Oakland Township. No surprise he got the longevity prize. Ted, in his way, was always the toughest.

“I liked the corners,” he once told the media, and the only players who say that are the ones unafraid of a fight. Lindsay was not only unafraid, he looked forward to the contact.

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Afternoon Line- Chris Chelios On Ted Lindsay

“Every player should be thanking their lucky stars there was someone like Ted Lindsay to start that Players Association and make it great for all of us down the road. It’s hard. It’s politics. He always said he hated politics. He stood up. What he did, he should be honored forever, and every player in the league should get to know Ted Lindsay’s story and what he meant to the NHL and the Players Association.”

-Chris Chelios.  Ansar Khan of Mlive has more.

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Gary Bettman On The Passing Of Ted Lindsay

NEW YORK (March 4, 2019) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Ted Lindsay:

The National Hockey League mourns the passing and celebrates the incomparable life of the legendary Ted Lindsay. One of the game’s fiercest competitors during his 17-season NHL career, he was among its most beloved ambassadors throughout the more than five decades of service to hockey that followed his retirement. In Detroit, he was a civic icon.

What Lindsay lacked in physical stature, he possessed in intensity, desire and will to win. He played 1,068 NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 379 goals with 472 assists and 1,808 penalty minutes. He appeared in 11 All-Star Games and was named a First-Team All-Star eight times. He won the Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring leader in 1950 and, as a driving force on the dynastic Red Wings teams of the 1950s – including as the left wing on the famed Production Line – he won the Stanley Cup four times.

Named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966, he had his No. 7 retired by the Red Wings in 1991 and was named one of the NHL’s Top 100 Players during the League’s Centennial Celebration in 2017. As influential off the ice as he was on the ice, Lindsay was instrumental in the formation of the NHL Players’ Association. In 2010, NHL players displayed their reverence for him by renaming their annual award for the most outstanding player the Ted Lindsay Award.

There was no one quite like Ted Lindsay. We send our condolences to Ted’s children Blake, Lynn and Meredith, his stepdaughter Leslie, his six grandchildren and his three great grandchildren and join them in marveling at his incredible life.

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Statement From Don Fehr On The Passing Of Ted Lindsay

TORONTO (March 4, 2019)   The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) released the following statement from Executive Director Don Fehr regarding the passing of Ted Lindsay:  

“All current and former NHL players lost a true friend with the passing of Ted Lindsay. “Terrible Ted” was one of the fiercest competitors to ever play in the NHL, and he enjoyed great success on the Detroit’s fabled “Production Line”, helping lead the Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships. On the ice, Ted Lindsay was one of the best players to ever to put on a pair of skates.  

But his greatest legacy was off the ice. A true trailblazer in seeking to improve conditions for all players, Ted was instrumental in organizing the original Players’ Association in 1957. All Players, past, current and future, are in his debt. All those who have, and will follow him into the NHL, enjoy improved rights and benefits in large part due to the efforts he made. 

In recognition for Ted’s extraordinary contributions on the players’ behalf, the NHLPA proudly renamed our ‘Most Outstanding Player’ award after him in 2010. It was special that Ted and his beloved late wife Joanne were a part of that process. He appreciated the honour that was bestowed on him, and it was a pleasure having him on-hand to present his namesake award on six separate occasions. Ted deserves many accolades for his work on and off the ice in hockey, but the charitable work he has done in recent years to support autism research and educational programs through the Ted Lindsay Foundation is simply incredible and is a testament to Ted’s character. He simply never stopped giving back and helping others.

The players are much better off today thanks to Ted Lindsay. His passing leaves a significant void, and he will be greatly missed by the entire hockey world and beyond. On behalf of all current NHL players and the NHLPA’s staff, I pass along heartfelt condolences to Ted’s family and friends.”   

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Video- Remembering Ted Lindsay

I expect some thunder and lightning today as Ted Lindsay enters the gates of heaven.

 

 

added 8:43am, throughout the day, I will be adding to this post, so check back when you can.

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Morning Line- Ted Lindsay

"Alex has earned the right to his fun, he's just won the Stanley Cup and I think he realizes the meaning of that championship. He's as good as anyone in the NHL today. Alex is an honest hockey player who gives you the same effort every night. There are different ways to judge talent: Do you produce every night, or only when you think you should?"

-Ted Lindsay, HHOF member on Alex Ovechkin.  Dave Stubbs on NHL.com has more from Lindsay.

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Evening Line- Ted Lindsay

"As long as I can keep in good health, I'll do whatever I can and stay involved however I can. Hockey is the greatest game in the world, bar none. You don't hide when you get on the ice. You can't hide. You either show that you've got something, or you don't have anything."

- NHL great Ted Lindsay.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has much more on Lindsay from Las Vegas.

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Morning line: Happy 91st Birthday, Ted Lindsay

From NHL.com:

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 29

1925: Ted Lindsay, the left wing on the Detroit Red Wings' famed "Production Line," is born in Renfrew, Ontario. Lindsay makes the Red Wings as a 19-year-old in 1944; by the late 1940s, Lindsay, center Sid Abel and right wing Gordie Howe form 'The Production Line," one of the most famous trios in NHL history. Though he's listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, Lindsay also earns the nickname "Terrible Ted" for his willingness to do anything he has to do to win.

Lindsay is a First-Team NHL All-Star in 1947-48, when he leads the League with 33 goals. He begins a streak of five consecutive seasons as a First-Team All-Star in 1949-50, when he wins the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer, and is again a First-Team NHL All-Star in 1955-56 and 1956-57, when he has a career-high 85 points. But Detroit general manager Jack Adams, angered by Lindsay's efforts to help form a players union, trades Lindsay to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1957; he plays three seasons with Chicago before retiring. However, after four years off the ice, he returns to the Red Wings for the 1964-65 season at age 39 and finishes with 14 goals and 28 points, giving him 379 goals and 851 points in 1,068 NHL games. He is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

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Ted Lindsay Statement On The Passing Of Gordie Howe

via the NHLPA,

“I was very sad to learn today of the passing of my longtime teammate, and friend, Gordie Howe. Gordie really was the greatest hockey player who ever lived. I was fortunate to play with Gordie for 12 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and I’ve known him for over 70 years. He could do it all in the game to help his team, both offensively and defensively. He earned everything that he accomplished on the ice.

“Beyond hockey, Colleen and his family meant everything to him. Gordie was larger than life, and he was someone who I thought would live forever. My wife Joanne and I extend our condolences to Gordie’s children — Cathleen, Mark, Marty and Murray — and his entire family and many friends during this time.”

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NHL Awards live-ish thread and/or Tweet-results

I'll try to keep a "live tally" of the NHL Awards show via Twitter-based updates:

Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA MVP): Sidney Crosby:

Selke Trophy (best defensive forward): Patrice Bergeron:

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88 Birthday Wishes For Ted Lindsay

"Terrible Ted" turns 88 today so how about watching a Legends of Hockey feature on him below.

 

 

Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio

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Ted Lindsay Worried About Canada’s Game

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Ted Lindsay isn't surprised by fan resentment or growing apathy toward hockey in the U.S. due to an NHL lockout that reached 11 weeks on Sunday.

But, what the Detroit Red Wings legend and players union pioneer discovered during a recent trip to Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame festivities shocked him.

“When you see Canadians start to bad-mouth their national game, that tells you something is wrong,'' Lindsay said. “I never heard that before from any Canadians. Hockey is their game and they hate seeing what's happening to it.

“That bothered me a great deal.''

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Morning Line

“Certainly they have a right to ask for anything they want, but if the players had any brains, they wouldn’t accept it.  But you have to start somewhere.”

“They (owners) have to sell this game,“not destroy it.”

-Ted Lindsay on the CBA negotiations.  More on the CBA talks from the AP at the Detroit Free Press.

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Bringing Up The Old-School Stories

from Mike Brudenelli of the Detroit Free Press,

“When Bill (Ezinicki) turned pro, it started all over again,” Lindsay said. “He was traded to Boston, and one night we were playing in Detroit and he hit me over the brow with his stick, and there was blood all over the place. We didn’t have helmets or face masks then.

“Anyway, I thought I can’t let the guy get away with it, so I took my stick and whacked him where he whacked me. He drops his gloves and stick, and I thought, ‘Lindsay, you’ve created a mess for yourself now.’

“Well, we got going, and I don’t know where Bill’s mind was that night ... but I knocked two of his teeth out and put 22 stitches in him. The officials separated us. Bill was bleeding, and I was happy.”

Ezinicki broke away from a linesman and the battled started again.

“I jumped on him and straddled him ... and started punching,” Lindsay said. “Gordie (Howe) says, ‘Ted, he’s out.’ I said, ‘I’m going to kill the SOB.’

“After taking a shower, I headed into the first-aid room. I poked my head in and said, ‘You all right, Izzy?’

“He replied: ‘I’ll get you, you SOB.’ “

read on for Mickey Redmond’s reaction to the Winter Classic…

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You Can’t Find Stories Like This Anymore

from Patrick Kennedy of the Whig Standard,

Truth be known, the six-pack of Lindsay brothers topped her list of unacceptable escorts. Ditto for any Lindsay chums and cohorts, as Ted’s teammate at the pool discovered.

“The Lindsays had a bad reputation, they were a little wild,” Barb explained, juxtaposing the boys’ standing in her family with the memory of Bert Lindsay ushering his nine kids into two pews at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church for Sunday Mass. “I was told to stay away from them, and that was hard because I was friends with one of Ted’s sisters. But my mother said, ‘If I ever find out a Lindsay walked you home, I’ll find a shotgun and…’”

Ma Moore evidently meant business.

“Those beautiful cars he brought home (from Detroit), none ever went back south with him,” Barb, 78, continued. “One of Ted’s brothers would always end up with a nice used car.

“That light blue convertible certainly got the attention of all the girls,” she added on the snazzy Lincoln, which also put protective mothers like Glen Moore on red alert.

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Lindsay Honored

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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Afternoon Line

“This is a great honour to have bestowed upon me.  I took great pride in my hockey career, both on the ice competing towards a championship with my teammates, and off of the ice for the work that we did to ensure our fellow players enjoyed proper rights and benefits.

“I am very proud and appreciative that the most outstanding player each season, as voted by his peers, will receive the award with my name on it.”

-Ted Lindsay at the ceremony today announcing the renaming the Lester B. Pearson Award to the Ted Lindsay Award.  More from the NHLPA.

Below, watch an interview with Ted.

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Ted Lindsay Sounds-Off On Kelly Firing

from TSN,

“That was the biggest scam job, execution, that I’ve ever seen in my life.”

This was how Hockey Hall of Famer and former NHLPA builder Ted Lindsay described the evalution and subsequent firing of former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly in an interview Thursday with TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bill Watters on AM 640 Toronto Radio.

Lindsay was in Chicago last week for union meetings that resulted in Kelly’s dismissal and, though he sat in on few of the discussions, said he was dismayed by what he did see.

“I was thinking, boy, this is really a cruxifiction of Paul Kelly that’s going on.”

continued & you can listen to the whole Lindsay interview at am640.

added 2:33pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has more from Ted.

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Lindsay Rips Back-To-Back Games

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun via the Windsor Star,

Terrible Ted, who’ll be 84 a month after this year’s final ends, answered his cellphone Wednesday and began firing on all cylinders at what he called “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of in my life” — his Red Wings, beat up and exhausted after their 2-1, Game 5 elimination of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, having to go back at it three days later.

“Is this supposed to be the premium event of the National Hockey League, or not?” said Lindsay, who played in that 1955 series, scored four goals in Game 2, a finals record at the time, and remembers the Saturday-Sunday games as not being any better an idea then than it is now.

“Except we were so stupid, we didn’t know anything different,” he said….

“These guys have just gone through three very tough series — played probably the best team in the league other than them, in Anaheim, just finished another hard series and now you’re going to have one tired team with a lot of injuries. Pittsburgh’s probably not as tired because they had a fairly easy time of it, but they’re only getting one more day’s rest.”

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added 10:02pm, How about the opinion of Adam Brady of Ducks Blog at AnaheimDucks.com,

So the Red Wings are one step closer to becoming the first team to repeat as champions since ... the Red Wings (in 1997 and 98).  They take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final for (yawn) the second straight season….

But the back-to-back games are another story, at least according to Old Man Chelios. “You don’t want my opinion on that,’’ Chelios said.

You know what, Cheli? You’re right. We really don’t.

In fact, all of you complaining about the back-to-backs, get over yourself. Frankly, the whining is more than a little tiresome.

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added 10:08pm, from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press via the Sacramento Bee (not on the freep site yet),

Dear NBC and NHL:

I’ll begin with a simple question. Do either of you actually like hockey?

I think I can answer for NBC (a.k.a. “Nothing But Conan”), because it is clear the network would rather break out in a deadly skin rash than show the Stanley Cup finals on a weeknight.

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Ted Lindsay- Pioneer

NHL Network profiles players who helped revolutionize the sport of hockey.  Catch tonight’s episode at 8:30 ET.

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One Tough SOB

On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the National Hockey League and USA Hockey will team up to honor Bob Naegele Jr., Brian Burke, Phil Housely and Ted Lindsay with the 2008 Lester Patrick Award.

“I had the idea that I should beat up every player I ever tangled with,” Lindsay famously said. “And nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea.”

Tonight we feature Ted Lindsay, watch the video below.

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They Hated His Guts

Since the hockey news is at a minimun at this time of year, I thought you may enjoy this feature on Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.

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Thinking Of Lindsay

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

It was nice to see the NHL borrow an idea from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science people – among other organizations – in coming up with a Lifetime Achievement Award….

Going forward, there are many worthy candidates for this award as the NHL closes in on its 100th year. Selecting anyone other than Mr. Hockey in Year 1 would have been a mistake. But in future seasons, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Bowman and Jean Beliveau are just a few names we’ll be seeing win this award.

It’ll be interesting to see how the NHL handles the legacy of Ted Lindsay. Not only was ‘Terrible Ted’ one of the best players of all-time – he ranked No. 21 on The Hockey News’ 1997 list of the top 100 players – he was also the instigator of the grossly underpaid players’ attempt to form an association/union back in 1957.

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Age Is The Only Difference

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

They’ve made no friends in enemy uniforms and yet both men willingly put their careers and reputations on the line for their National Hockey League brothers.

Last year, Chelios took on NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin, accusing him of using unfair practices to gain the spot as the man in charge of the association.

Saskin was ultimately forced to resign and Paul Kelly recently replaced him.

A half century ago, Lindsay led the players in revolt against the owners, seeking to form a players’ association to fight against unfair practices implemented by NHL owners.

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Ted Lindsay Points To Schedule For Wings Attendance Problems

from the CP via the Hockey News,

The Montreal Canadiens commemorated their 81 year-old rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings before the two Original Six teams played their only game of the season Tuesday.

It is that disparity in the NHL’s current schedule that has Red Wings Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay believing that Detroit will never have a similar rivalry with another team ever again.

Lindsay said Tuesday that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is to blame if attendance numbers are down in Detroit because fans in Hockeytown are sick of seeing teams like Columbus and Nashville so often every year.

“We had it for a couple of years there with Colorado and Detroit, but Bettman has taken advantage of Detroit because of it being a great hockey city and it being a well managed hockey team,” Lindsay said.

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Ted Lindsay Flashback

Joe Pelletier on the Legends of Hockey network,

No man on skates was ever too big or too tough for Ted Lindsay to challenge. At 5’8” and 160lbs he used his big stick and his fists to cut down some of the biggest meanest men in National Hockey League history.

He was known as Scarface or Terrible Ted. The scars on his rugged face represented his courage in his many on ice battles. How many scars he can’t tell you, because he lost count after 400 stitches.

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