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Ted Lindsay cemented in history

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
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DETROIT – Another Red Wings’ great lent his hands to a Hollywood Walk of Fame-type of project in midtown this week.

On Monday, hockey hall of famer Ted Lindsay cast his hand prints in cement for the Detroit Historical Society’s Past>Forward project and Detroit’s Legends Plaza.

“It’s a great honor,” said Lindsay, who turned 86 in July. “You think of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in California with all of those stars. I don’t know if I’m a star, but I’m happy to have my hands in cement.”

Ironically, Terrible Ted, who wore No. 7, is the seventh person to add their hand prints to the project. In July, six famous Detroiters, including Lindsay’s former linemate Gordie Howe, got their hands dirty when they added their prints and signatures in cement. The other five Detroiters were Detroit Tigers great Al Kaline, former Detroit Pistons guard Dave Bing, novelist Elmore Leonard, former radio broadcaster Dick Purtan and TV anchor Carmen Harlan.

The Society plans to use the seven cement squares to create a walkway leading up to the front doors of the museum, in Legends Plaza, on Woodward Avenue. The squares will go into the ground next spring.

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