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Red Wings great Ted Lindsay dies aged 93

4 March 2019 18:25

Detroit Red Wings great Ted Lindsay has died aged 93, his family confirmed on Monday.

Hall of Famer Lindsay formed part of the Red Wings' famed "Production Line" with Sid Abel and Gordie Howe.

Known as "Terrible Ted" and "Old Scarface" - he took some 600 stitches in a 17-year NHL career - Lindsay was a four-time Stanley Cup champion with Detroit and is credited with starting the post-championship tradition of skating a victory lap with the cup raised overhead.

A statement from the family said Lindsay died peacefully on Monday morning at his home in Oakland, Michigan, adding: "Ted was a persistent, courageous and determined man both on and off the ice. He was a man of many firsts."

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman added: "One of the game’s fiercest competitors during his 17-season NHL career, he was among its most beloved ambassadors throughout the more than five decades of service to hockey that followed his retirement. In Detroit, he was a civic icon."

Christopher Illitch, representing the Red Wings, said: "Ted Lindsay was a Detroit Red Wings legend and icon, a Hall of Fame hockey player and Stanley Cup champion - and an even better person off the ice

"While he will be sorely missed by us and many others, his positive impact to the game and to our community will live on."

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