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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.''
“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.
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…
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.
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.”
“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.
“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.”
added 2:33pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has more from Ted.
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.”
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.
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.
NHL Network profiles players who helped revolutionize the sport of hockey. Catch tonight’s episode at 8:30 ET.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
continued…(*a look at Lindsay’s career and his role in forming the NHLPA)