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by George Malik on 08/21/12 at 12:31 PM ET
Most Red Wings fans don’t need to be told who Ted Lindsay is, but ESPN’s Sarah Goldstein believes that it’s important for fans to know the name between the NHLPA’s member-voted MVP trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award. Especially given the fact that Lindsay was instrumental in the eventual founding of the NHLPA, this is a particularly well-timed article:
Playing for the St. Michael’s College junior team and the Oshawa Generals, Lindsay’s play got noticed by the Detroit Red Wings, and he was invited to their training camp and offered a two-year deal with a no-minor-league clause.
“Terrible Ted” soon established himself as a mean competitor, spending more time than anyone in the penalty box, but was equally recognized for his offensive skill.
Playing alongside Gordie Howe and Sid Abel, “The Production Line” dominated the NHL. In addition to scoring goals, Lindsay helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1952, 1954 and 1955.
In 1957, Lindsay was having one of his best seasons, but bigger issues became more important. With NHL stars Doug Harvey, Gus Mortson, Bill Gadsby and Jim Thomson, Lindsay helped form the NHL Players’ Association to ensure the league dealt fairly with players on issues such as the pension fund, covering expenses after trades and minimum salaries for first-year players.
This did not help his already stilted relationship with Red Wings GM Jack Adams. Adams traded Lindsay to the Blackhawks as punishment.
Lindsay played in Chicago for three seasons and helped them return to respectability after years of struggling. He retired in 1960 after playing 999 NHL games.
Lindsay returned to the Wings to play for one more season, which you probably know, but I’m guessing that you don’t know this fact about his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame:
Lindsay was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966, but he did not attend the ceremony because only men were allowed. One year later, the banquet became open to both sexes.
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