This morning, Detroit Red Wings fans woke up to awful news.
Former Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks left winger Ted Lindsay died today. Per Bill McGraw’s article from the Detroit Free Press, Lindsay passed away at 93 and was in hospice care.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 4, 2019
Lindsay was one of the best wingers to play in NHL history. He appeared in 1,068 games and recorded 379 goals and 472 assists. But, Lindsay was more known for being a tough rigorous hockey player. Throughout his career, the Lindsay spent a decent chunk of time in the “sin bin”. In fact, he totaled 1,808 PIM in 17 seasons in the NHL.
If you look at Hockey-Reference’s adjusted point share, you’ll see that Lindsay had a similar career to many outstanding hockey players including Frank Mahovlich, Joe Nieuwendyk, Jeremy Roenick, Bobby Clarke and Henrik Sedin.
Taking Home Hardware
In addition to his outstanding numbers, Lindsay took home a lot of hardware throughout his NHL and CHL career. As a member of the Oshawa Generals, Lindsay raised the Memorial Cup in 1944. Plus, Lindsay won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings four times (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955). Lastly, Lindsay won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950. Lindsay was nothing but outstanding in his 1949-1950 campaign. He tallied 23 goals, 55 assists, 141 PIM in 69 games that season. When you average 1.13 points per game, you are definitely on the Art Ross radar and that’s exactly what Lindsay was able to accomplish.
Founding The NHLPA
Not only did Lindsay take home a lot of hardware, he was also one of the founding members of the NHL Players Association (also known as the NHLPA). Lindsay understood the value of installing a union for players’ rights. Prior to that point, there was no governing entity responsible for watching over players’ interests. In April of 2010, the NHL chose to change the name of the Lester B. Pearson Award to the Ted Lindsay Award to honour his efforts in establishing the NHLPA.
Broadcast Work & HOF Induction
After his career, Lindsay spent a lot of time in the broadcast booth. Per wikipedia.com, he worked as the play-by-play announcer for the New York Rangers at WOR-TV and did colour commentary for NBC in the 1970s.
He was also inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Also, Lindsay’s number 7 was retired by the Detroit Red Wings franchise in 1991. The other retired Red Wings numbers include 1 (Terry Sawchuk), 4 (Red Kelly), 5 (Nicklas Lidstrom), 9 (Gordie Howe), 10 (Alex Delvecchio), 12 (Sid Abel) and 19 (Steve Yzerman).
Honouring Ted Lindsay
It’s pretty evident that Lindsay did a lot for the game of hockey. He deserves a tremendous amount of recognition for all of his accomplishments and he will be missed.
Rest In Peace Ted.
stats from hockey-reference.com
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals