Honouring Terrible Ted
The Detroit Red Wings will honor two of their most esteemed alumni next month with Alex Delvecchio Night Thursday, October 16th and Ted Lindsay Night Saturday, October 18th at Joe Louis Arena. To commemorate Delvecchio and Lindsay’s countless contributions to hockey, the Red Wings will unveil specially commissioned statues of the players on their respective nights on the Joe Louis Arena concourse. The sculptures are commissioned by artist Omri R. Amrany, the creator of the Gordie Howe statue which was unveiled in April of 2007.>> team release
At the rate they're going, it's certainly possible.
Lindsay retired for good in 1965 after a one-year comeback at age 39, so he's obviously from an era before my time, but my grandfather is about the same age and played professional hockey in the early '40s. He loves Ted Lindsay, for a number of reasons, but mostly because of his efforts to start a players' union way back in 1957.
Pops never played in the NHL, but he did spend time in training camps in Chicago and Detroit and had a taste of how players were treated in the bad old days. You can imagine that, at a time when stars like Gordie Howe were being grossly underpaid and abused, how much fun it was to be in the minors, gritting out whatever living you could.
Lindsay was a superstar of the time, but he fought for every player, something that he was blackballed for by the Red Wings' management of the time. Stripped of his captaincy, he was dealt to the god-awful Blackhawks and painted as an overpaid villain in the press.
More than 50 years later, all of that is water under the bridge, and Lindsay's regarded as one of the organization's treasures.
Pops will love this news.
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