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Blast from the past: Ted Lindsay endorses Red Wings’ Gordie Howe as NHL’s best player circa 1957

The Red Wings’ website tosses us a knuckle-puck of the pleasant variety by re-publishing an article which Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay once penned (probably with a little assistance) from the May 1957 issue of “Blueline Magazine,” and Lindsay’s article is a fascinating read in retrospect:

Gordie Howe is the greatest player in hockey! Gordie, in fact, may be the greatest hockey player ever. For that statement I have to take the word of my boss, general manager Jack Adams of the Detroit Red Wings, who’s seen all the great ones come and go in his forty years in the game. Jack calls Gordie the greatest he’s ever seen and that’s good enough for me.

Best ever or not, I do know from personal observation that Gordie Howe is the best around right now, and has been, in fact, for the last ten years. I know. I’ve been his linemate all that time.

Before we go any further let me say here and now that I know there are going to be some fans and maybe even team officials, who won’t agree with me, in my choice of Gordie as number one on hockey’s hit parade. I realize that some are going to point out that, being a buddy of the player in question, I am naturally prejudiced.

Let (me) say this. If thinking that Gordie Howe can do more things well than any player on skates today, then I guess I’m prejudiced. If thinking this fellow can do more things with a puck other players only dream about, then I guess I’m guilty again. But these things I honestly believe.

Continued, and the article’s worth your time.

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SYF's avatar

I should quit cutting onions while reading articles like these about our “Old Guards.”

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 02/02/12 at 12:04 AM ET

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