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The Ted Lindsay Award commemorates one hell of a Red Wing

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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MsRedWinger's avatar

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.

I did not know that.  Wow.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/21/12 at 12:36 PM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

One in a million, very likely my all-time favorite professional athlete.

I can watch the Legends of Hockey segment on him over and over:

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 08/21/12 at 12:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Really glad that Fetisov and Lindsay actually met.  Would love to have been a humble fly on the wall for that conversation.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 08/21/12 at 01:02 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Leo, thanks for that you tube link. Fantastic.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/21/12 at 01:27 PM ET


Terrible Ted was a scrapper. Stood up for himself and his team against any odds. Don’t remember the date, but I do remember the threts against him and his teamates coming out of Montreal. The next game in the Forum, the Wings took a 4-1 lead in the second period, Ted then skated around the rink, holding his stick as though it were a tommy gun, pretending to shoot at the fans, Immediately, as though on cue, someone released tear gas into the Forum and the game was called resulting in a forfeiture.

Posted by Harry S. from Ft Myers, Florida on 08/22/12 at 11:45 AM ET

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