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This Date in NHL History

July 29: Hall of Famer Lindsay born in Ontario

Plus: Kings trade Robitaille to Penguins; Rangers sign Lundqvist to first NHL contract

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1925: Ted Lindsay, the left wing on the famed "Production Line" of the Detroit Red Wings and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, is born in Renfrew, Ontario.

Lindsay makes the Red Wings as a 19-year-old in 1944; by the late 1940s, Lindsay, center Sid Abel and right wing Gordie Howe form one of the most famous trios in NHL history. Though Lindsay is listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, he also earns the nickname "Terrible Ted" for his self-proclaimed willingness to do anything to win.

Lindsay is an NHL First-Team All-Star in 1947-48, when he leads the League with 33 goals. He begins a streak of five consecutive seasons as a First-Team All-Star in 1949-50, when he wins the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer, and is again a First-Team All-Star in 1955-56 and 1956-57, when he has an NHL career-high 85 points. 

But Detroit general manager Jack Adams, angered by Lindsay's efforts to help form a players union, trades him to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1957; he plays three seasons with Chicago before retiring. However, after four years off the ice, he returns to the Red Wings for the 1964-65 season and scores 14 goals at age 39.

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 is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. The award given to the most outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players' Association is renamed the Ted Lindsay Award in 2010. He dies at age 93 on March 4, 2019.

Video: 'Terrible Ted' Lindsay took on all comers for Detroit



1994: The Los Angeles Kings trade left wing Luc Robitaille to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Rick Tocchet and a second-round pick in the 1995 NHL Draft. The Kings make the trade although Robitaille has scored at least 44 goals in each of his first eight NHL seasons; however, his 44 goals in 1993-94 are 19 fewer than he scores in 1992-93. Robitaille returns to the Kings in 1997, spends four seasons with Los Angeles, and then plays two seasons with the Red Wings before returning to the Kings again in 2003 and spending his last two NHL seasons with Los Angeles.


2005: The New York Rangers announce the signing of goalie Henrik Lundqvist to an entry-level contract, five years after they select him in the seventh round (No. 205) of the 2000 NHL Draft. To the surprise of many, Lundqvist makes the Rangers at training camp a few weeks later and wins the starting job early in the 2005-06 season. He goes on to win at least 30 games in each of his first 11 full seasons in the NHL. Lundqvist becomes the first goalie to win 400 games with the Rangers when New York defeats the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Feb. 11, 2017.

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