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by George Malik on 06/25/13 at 12:34 PM ET
As the Globe and Mail's Alan Maki notes, hockey fans can thank Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay for establishing the tradition of players taking twirls with the Stanley Cup:
On night of April 23, 1950, Lindsay’s Detroit Red Wings and the visiting Rangers went into double overtime of Game 7 to decide the Stanley Cup champion. It was the first time in NHL history a Cup Final had gone to overtime in Game 7. And, in the end, Pete Babando scored to give Detroit its fourth Cup. Here’s what happened after the Babando goal, according to Lindsay, still spry at 87:
“At that time, they had a table (on the ice). They took it out of the garbage or from some place in the Detroit Olympia. It was just a little table with four wooden legs and that’s what the Stanley Cup was sitting on. There wasn’t a drape over (the table). They presented it to Jack Adams (Detroit’s general manager). When that was over, the players took it to the room where you’d never see it again unless you won it again. There was no parade, no day with the Cup.”
But before it was taken to the Red Wings’ dressing room, Lindsay knew what he had to do with the Cup.
“I recognized who was paying my salary. It wasn’t the owners – [Conn] Smythe in Toronto, [James] Norris in Detroit. It was the people in the seats. I went to the [faceoff] dots in our end because that was where there was open seating. There was no glass around the boards like there is now. At the end of the rink, we had chicken wire. I saw all the people sitting there so I picked it up and took it to them. I wanted them to see the Stanley Cup up close. They got to read the names on it.”
Did he carry the Cup over his head? Yes, Lindsay did that, too.
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