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It was today in 1957 that the Detroit Red Wings traded superstar Ted Lindsay and Glenn Hall to the Chicago Blackhawks for Johnny Wilson, Hank Bassen, Forbes Kennedy and Bob Preston.
It marked the end of a major era for the Red Wings. Lindsay had joined the Red Wings after being signed to a tryout in 1944 that led to him signing with the team.
A perennial all-star, Lindsay went down as one of the top players in the NHL during the time. He played alongside Gordie Howe and Sid Abel creating the production line.
Lindsay won the Art Ross trophy in 1949-50 in what was one of his best seasons in the National Hockey League. In 69 games, Lindsay scored 23 goals and 78 points as the Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup — Lindsay’s first in the NHL.
When Lindsay joined the Blackhawks at 32 years old, he scored 123 points in 206 games over three years. He stepped away from the game in 1960, but rejoined Detroit in the 1964-65 season at 39 years old for a final hurrah.
Former linemate Sid Abel was then the coach and general manager and was able to coax Lindsay out of retirement. He scored 28 points in 69 games helping the team to their first regular-season championship since his trade seven years prior.
Johnny Wilson had two stint with Detroit playing 379 games over seven years winning four Stanley Cups. Forbes Kennedy, meanwhile, spent four years with Detroit in his early 20’s scoring 36 points in 168 games.
Hank Bassen played six seasons with Detroit dressing in 99 different games.
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