SENATE RESOLUTION 132--HONORING THE LIFE OF TED LINDSAY; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 54
(Senate - March 28, 2019)

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        SENATE RESOLUTION 132--HONORING THE LIFE OF TED LINDSAY

  Ms. STABENOW (for herself and Mr. Peters) submitted the following 
resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:

                              S. Res. 132

       Whereas Robert Blake Theodore Lindsay (referred to in this 
     preamble as ``Ted Lindsay'') was born in Renfrew, Ontario, 
     Canada, on July 29, 1925, and was a professional hockey 
     player known for his love of the sport and defense of 
     players' rights;
       Whereas, in 1917, the father of Ted Lindsay, Leslie 
     ``Bert'' Lindsay, was one of the first players in the 
     National Hockey League (in this preamble referred to as the 
     ``NHL'') and was the first NHL goalie in the history of the 
     league to record a win;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay entered the NHL in 1944 at 19 years of 
     age when he joined the Detroit Red Wings;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay was known as a fierce competitor who 
     earned the nicknames ``Terrible Ted'' and ``Old Scarface'' 
     for his toughness;
       Whereas the NHL developed 2 penalties, elbowing and 
     kneeing, because of his physical play;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay played left wing on the ``Production 
     Line'' alongside Gordie Howe and Sid Abel, the most 
     productive offensive scoring unit in the NHL from the late 
     1940s through the mid-1950s;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay played 14 seasons with the Detroit Red 
     Wings and led the team to 4 Stanley Cup championships;
       Whereas, in 1950, Ted Lindsay started one of the most 
     beloved traditions in the NHL by lifting the Stanley Cup over 
     his head and skating around the rink after winning the 
     Stanley Cup Finals;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay led an effort to organize the first 
     National Hockey League Players' Association;
       Whereas the Detroit Red Wings stripped Ted Lindsay of his 
     captaincy and traded Ted Lindsay to the struggling Chicago 
     Black Hawks in retribution for his actions to unionize NHL 
     players;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay played 3 seasons with the Chicago 
     Blackhawks and helped the team to the playoffs;
       Whereas, in 1964, at 39 years of age, Ted Lindsay rejoined 
     the Detroit Red Wings at the behest of his former teammate, 
     Detroit Red Wings Coach Sid Abel;
       Whereas, in 1966, Ted Lindsay was inducted into the Hockey 
     Hall of Fame, but refused to attend the men-only ceremony 
     without his wife and children, leading to a rules change the 
     following year;
       Whereas, in 1977, the Detroit Red Wings named Ted Lindsay 
     as general manager, and Ted Lindsay led the team to the 
     playoffs for the first time in 9 years and to a playoff 
     series win for the first time in 12 years;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay appeared in 11 NHL All-Star games 
     during 17 seasons in the NHL and recorded 379 goals and 472 
     assists for 851 points, making him the highest-scoring left 
     wing at the time.
       Whereas Ted Lindsay generously devoted his time to charity, 
     driving across Michigan and Ontario to offer advice and 
     encouragement to young hockey players;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay started the Ted Lindsay Foundation, 
     which has raised millions of dollars toward finding a cure 
     for autism;
       Whereas, in December 2018, the Ted Lindsay Foundation 
     pledged $1,000,000 to support the autism outreach efforts of 
     Oakland University;
       Whereas Ted Lindsay was preceded in death by his wife of 27 
     years, Joanne Lindsay, who died in 2017;
       Whereas, on March 4, 2019, Ted Lindsay died at 93 years of 
     age, after a long career in professional hockey that inspired 
     millions of people; and
       Whereas Ted Lindsay is survived by his 3 children, 1 
     stepdaughter, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 
     and by hockey fans across the United States: Now, therefore, 
     be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) honors the life and legacy of Ted Lindsay for his 
     significant contributions to the sport of hockey, the city of 
     Detroit, and the State of Michigan;
       (2) expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the 
     family of Ted Lindsay upon his passing; and
       (3) respectfully requests that the Secretary of the Senate 
     transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to the family of 
     Ted Lindsay.

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