Monday, September 29, 2008

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
Good stuff. I wonder if, down the line, the Red Wings will have dozens of these statues all over the place.

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.




At 12:57 p.m., September 29, 2008, Blogger Hallock said...

I met Lindsay about ten years ago when I was a kid, he was signing autographs for free. Real stand up guy, very nice and personable. Spent a bit of time with each person to talk to them.

At 1:29 p.m., September 29, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Hopefully the statues aren't stolen and melted down for metal...

At 5:32 p.m., September 29, 2008, Anonymous Phillie said...

Despite his hard-ass reputation, Lindsay was a softee on the home front. He refused to go to the Hall of Fame luncheon because the spouses were not invited. Lindsay, who very much was devoted to his wife, boycotted the biggest lunch of his career as a result.

At 8:18 a.m., September 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will see statues of Yzerman and Lidstrom, for sure...


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