Ricky gets a kill - Hockey great Ted Lindsay dead @ 93
NHL legend Ted Lindsay passes away at age 93
NHL legend Ted Lindsay, who won four Stanley Cups and played a key role in the founding of the NHLPA, has died. He was 93.
Lindsay broke into the NHL in the 1944-45 season with the Detroit Red Wings and over the next 13 years played left wing on one of the most feared lines in hockey, with Gordie Howe on the right and Sid Abel at centre. “The Production Line” led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cups in the 50s, and Lindsay earned the nickname “Terrible Ted” for the toughness he played with despite being small in stature.
Lindsay, along with Montreal Canadiens defenceman Doug Harvey, helped organize the first National Hockey League Players Association in 1957. That work cost Lindsay personally, as the Red Wings stripped him of his captaincy and traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks ahead of the 1957-58 season. While that version of the NHLPA didn’t last, Lindsay’s role in helping spark a movement to improve player rights forever is a part of his legacy. In 2010, the NHLPA renamed the Lester B. Pearson award after Lindsay, recognizing the best player in a season as voted by the players.
“All NHLPA members, current and former, owe a great deal of gratitude to Ted,” the NHLPA said in a statement
In all, Lindsay played 17 NHL seasons and 1,068 games, scoring 379 goals, 472 assists and 851 points. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Red Wings retired his No. 7 in 1991.