The hockey world has lost a true legend of the sport today.
According to an official announcement from the National Hockey League's Players' Association Hockey Hall of Fame member Ted Lindsay has passed away. This is obviously very sad news however I would add that I take great solace in the knowledge that Lindsay lived a full life, one that will have a lasting impact long after he is gone, at 93 years of age.
Lindsay is of course best known for his time as a member of the Detroit Red Wings team that would go on to capture 4 Stanley Cup Championships over his time there. Lindsay played alongside little known hockey player Gordie Howe at the time and together along with fellow Red Wings teammate Sid Abel at center they formed what became known as "The Production Line."
Lindsay's lasting impact on hockey goes far beyond his playing career hwoever and he is largely viewed as an incredibly important figure in helping expand the rights and quality of life of NHL players. Lindsay helped form the first version of the National Hockey League Players Association and did so in spite of the fact that creating a players union cost him personally during his playing career. When that union was first launched the Red Wings traded Lindsay immediately. That move was clearly motivated by the launch of the player's union and saw Lindsay sent away to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Even in the modern era of the National Hockey League Ted Lindsay remains a household name thanks to those efforts he made towards helping the lives of his fellow players. Every year the National Hockey League Players Association has all of its members, NHL players, vote on who they feel is the best player in the National Hockey League that season. That award was initially named the Lester B. Pearson award but has since been changed to the Ted Lindsay award for the past 8 years now.
In spite of his smaller size at the time Lindsay was feared by opponents around the league who gave him the moniker of "Terrible Ted" for the nasty way in which he played the game. He was also a gentleman and a trend setter off the ice however and no doubt that is how he will most fondly be remembered. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Lindsay family at this difficult time.