Born in Renfrew, Ontario, in 1925, Ted Lindsay became one of the greatest players in the history of the National Hockey League. Known as "Terrible Ted" for his tenacious play, he was the left winger on the Detroit Red Wings famous "Production Line" with Sid Abel and the legendary Gordie Howe, in the fifties.
As a Red Wing, Lindsay was an instrumental part of the team which won 7 straight NHL league titles. Ted Lindsay won 4 Stanley Cups, played 1068 games and recorded 851 career points. He was a 1st team All-Star 8 times. He was the Art Ross trophy winner, emblematic of the league"s leading scorer, with 78 points in the 1949-50 season.
Together with Doug Harvey, the great Montreal defenceman, Ted laid the foundation for what is now the National Hockey League Player"s Association. He paid a price for his beliefs and was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks who were a perennial last place team.
He played in Chicago for three years before retiring in 1960. In 1964 at 39 years of age Mr. Lindsay was convinced to come out of retirement by the new coach and general manager of the Red Wings, Sid Abel. The Red Wings finished 1st in the regular season that year.
Mr. Lindsay was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. He declined to attend as it was an all-male event and Ted felt that he owed a lot to his family. The next year the event included both sexes. He went on to become the General Manager of Detroit, 1977 – "81, and also coach of the Red Wings 1979 –"80. Mr. Lindsay was one of the game"s 1st colour commentators on U.S. television. Mr. Lindsay"s dream of a players" union was realized in 1967 with the permanent founding of the NHLPA.