TORONTO — “Terrible Ted” will have a nice award named after him.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced Thursday that the Lester B. Pearson Award has been renamed the Ted Lindsay Award in honour of the feisty all-star forward who also had a major role in establishing the original Players’ Association.
The annual award is presented to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
“This is a great honour to have bestowed upon me,’’ Lindsay said in a statement. “I took great pride in my hockey career, both on the ice competing towards a championship with my teammates, and off of the ice for the work that we did to ensure our fellow players enjoyed proper rights and benefits.
“I am very proud and appreciative that the most outstanding player each season, as voted by his peers, will receive the award with my name on it.’’
Lindsay enjoyed a 17-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 379 goals and 472 assists for 851 points in 1,068 games.
He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Wings retired his No. 7 jersey in 1991. He was a member of four Stanley-Cup winning teams with the Red Wings, including two as captain.
Lindsay played left-wing on the Wings’ “Production Line” line with Sid Abel and Gordie Howe, one of the most famous lines in NHL history. In 1949-50 the trio finished 1-2-3 in league scoring, with Lindsay taking the Art Ross Trophy with 78 points in 69 games. He was also named to the NHL’s first all-star team eight times.
In the late 1950s, Lindsay served as the first president of the Players’ Association, which was formally ratified as a labour organization in 1967.
“All NHLPA members, current and former, owe a great deal of gratitude to Ted for his efforts, so it is only fitting that we name our most outstanding player award after him,” said Jarome Iginla, the 2001-02 Lester B. Pearson Award Recipient. “The Ted Lindsay Award is a prestigious honour that will continue the tradition set forth by the Lester B. Pearson Award.
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