Hockey is finally back, but we at Last Word on Hockey are still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for July 29th, featuring Ted Lindsay.
Today in Hockey History
Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay is Born
1925: The Detroit Red Wings great is born in Renfrew, Ontario. He’s a member of Detroit’s famous “Production Line” along with Gordie Howe and Sid Abel. All three of which would become Hall of Famer players. Lindsay played on the right-wing, Howe was on the left and Abel centred the group.
He gets the nickname “Terrible Ted” because he was willing to do anything to win. Lindsay is a First Team All-Star eight times during his career. He wins the Art Ross Trophy for top-scorer in 1950. However, he’s sent to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1957 after Jack Adams is angered by Lindsay’s effort to create a union.
Lindsay finishes his NHL career with 851 points (379 goals, 472 assists) in 1,068 games and plays on four Stanley Cup-winning teams. He makes the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. The Ted Lindsay Award for the top player voted by the players in made in 2010. He passed away at age 93 in March 2019.
Other Notable Events
1985: Jean Perron becomes the new head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. He replaces Jacques Lemaire behind the bench. who becomes Director of Hockey Personnel. Lemaire also becomes assistant managing director to Serge Savard.
1994: The Los Angeles Kings trade forward Luc Robitaille to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Rick Tocchet and a second-round pick. Robitaille returns to Los Angeles in 1997 but joins the Detroit super team in 2002. He finished his career with the Kings after signing with them in 2003.
2005: The New York Rangers sign Henrik Lundqvist five years after drafting him in 2000. He shockingly makes the team out of training camp and becomes the starter early in 2005-06. The Swede wins at least 30 games in his first 11 seasons and is the first Rangers goalie to win 400 games in 2017.
Happy Birthday to You
1925: Ted Lindsay
1931: Jerry Toppazzini
1935: Billy Harris
1959: Dirk Graham
1988: Molly Schaus
1990: Tyler Johnson
1998: Clayton Keller