Former NHL star, Ted Lindsay played a big role in creating the NHLPA and he paid for it, he was lied about by management and traded. The Hall of Famer went on radio Friday where he spoke out against the current state of NHL affairs.
Lindsay sounded more disappointed in the way players have conducted themselves than he is disappointed in NHLPA leader Don Fehr or NHL boss Gary Bettman. He said he believes that players in his day loved the game enough to do what was right for it and implied that's not what contemporary NHL players are doing.
"I'm an awful lot of disappointed," Lindsay told host Gord Stellick, along with Hockey Night in Canada TV host Ron McLean. "I always believed in our day it was in the contract that you had to promote hockey. That was the responsibility of us as players."
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At the time in the 1956-57 season that Lindsay and others manged to create the union, he was the captain of the Detroit Red Wings and, along with Gordie Howe, had been a star on the team for years. He was soonafter stripped of his captaincy and the next season traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. After 3 years there he retired in 1960 but came back to play once more for Detroit for the 1964-65 season. He retired with 379 goals, 472 assists and 871 points. He won the Stanley Cup 4 times.
Lindsay told Stellick and McLean his biggest concern in the NHL lockout is for fans and said he believes many will walk away from the game. "I'm talking (about) good hockey fans that are season ticket holders maybe getting into their 70's, 75 and paying maybe $15,000, $20,000 for season tickets," he said. "They start to think 'maybe I don't need this aggravation. Maybe I should spend an extra five weeks, six weeks in Florida.' So I would like to see a survey after this is all settled of how much damage it has done to the season ticket holders."
The 87-year-old Lindsay said he's still a big fan of the NHL and remains hopeful that there will be a 2012-13 season.