Sid Abel

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Sid Abel
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1969
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Born (1918-02-22)February 22, 1918
Melville, SK, CAN
Died February 8, 2000(2000-02-08) (aged 81)
Farmington Hills, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Black Hawks
AHL
Pittsburgh Hornets
Indianapolis Capitals
Playing career 1938–1954

Sidney Gerald Abel (February 22, 1918 – February 8, 2000) was a Canadian professional hockey player and later coach in the National Hockey League. His playing career spanned from the 1938–39 season until the 1953–54 season, playing for both the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks and was a member of three winning Stanley Cups in 1943, 1950, and 1952 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Abel's older brother, George was a Canadian Olympic ice hockey player. In Olympic competition at Oslo, Norway, he scored the winning goal in the final game, securing the only Canadian gold medal of the Olympics. Sid's son Gerry also briefly played in the NHL, and his grandson Brent Johnson is a goaltender who last played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Melville, Saskatchewan, "Old Bootnose", as he was known, was the third member of the Red Wings' celebrated "Production line" along with Hockey Hall of Fame teammates Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. Abel won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 1949. Abel was traded from the Red Wings to the Black Hawks in 1952–53, and served as a player-coach for the next two seasons. He returned to the Red Wings in 1957–58 and served as Detroit's coach through the 1969–70 season. Though his #12 was honored by the Wings, Abel wore 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 19 and 20 throughout his career.[1]

Post-playing career[edit]

In the 1970s and 1980s, Abel worked as a color commentator on Red Wings radio and television broadcasts.

Sid Abel was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969. In 1998, he was ranked number 85 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.

Abel's #12 banner hanging in Joe Louis Arena.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1938–39 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 41 21 24 45 27
1938–39 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 2 2
1939–40 Indianapolis Capitals IAHL 21 7 11 18 10
1939–40 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 1 5 6 4 5 0 3 3 21
1940–41 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 11 22 33 29 9 2 2 4 2
1941–42 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 18 31 49 45 12 4 2 6 8
1942–43* Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 18 24 42 33 10 5 8 13 4
1944–45 Lachine Rapides QPHL 2 2 2 4 2
1945–46 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 0
1946–47 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 19 29 48 29 3 1 1 2 2
1947–48 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 14 30 44 69 10 0 3 3 16
1948–49 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 28 26 54 49 11 3 3 6 6
1949–50* Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 34 35 69 46 14 6 2 8 6
1950–51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 23 38 61 30 6 4 3 7 0
1951–52* Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 17 36 53 32 7 2 2 4 12
1952–53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 39 5 4 9 6 1 0 0 0 0
1953–54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 612 189 283 472 376 94 28 30 58 79
  • *Name was engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
CHI 1952–53 70 27 28 15 69 4th in NHL Lost in first round
CHI 1953–54 70 12 51 7 31 6th in NHL DNQ
DET 1957–58 33 16 12 5 37 3rd in NHL Lost in first round
DET 1958–59 70 25 37 8 58 6th in NHL DNQ
DET 1959–60 70 26 29 15 67 4th in NHL Lost in first round
DET 1960–61 70 25 29 16 66 4th in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Final
DET 1961–62 70 23 33 14 60 5th in NHL DNQ
DET 1962–63 70 32 25 13 77 4th in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Final
DET 1963–64 70 30 29 11 71 4th in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Final
DET 1964–65 70 40 23 7 87 1st in NHL Lost in first round
DET 1965–66 70 31 27 12 74 4th in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Final
DET 1966–67 70 27 39 4 58 5th in NHL DNQ
DET 1967–68 74 27 35 12 66 5th in East DNQ
DET 1969–70 74 38 21 15 91 3rd in East Lost in First Round
STL 1971–72 10 3 6 1 7 3rd in West Fired
KC 1975–76 3 0 3 0 0 5th in Smythe Interim Coach
Total 964 382 427 155 919

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detroit Red Wings - History, 1935-36". Retrieved 2009-04-28. "Red Wings Facts, Wings who wore four different jersey numbers, Sid Abel - 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 19, 20" 
  • Carroll, M. R. (2001). The Concise Encyclopedia of Hockey. Vancouver: Greystone Press.
  • Diamond, Dan and Eric Zweig, eds (2003). Hockey's Glory Days: the 50s and 60s. Kansas City: Andrew McMeel.
  • Fischler, Stan (2002). Detroit Red Wings: Greatest Moments and Players. Sports Publishing Co.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players:the ultimate A-Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Buddy O'Connor
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1949
Succeeded by
Chuck Rayner
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Syd Howe
Detroit Red Wings captain
1942–43
Succeeded by
Mud Bruneteau
Preceded by
Flash Hollett
Detroit Red Wings captain
194552
Succeeded by
Ted Lindsay
Preceded by
Ebbie Goodfellow
Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
195254
Succeeded by
Frank Eddolls
Preceded by
Jimmy Skinner
Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
195868
Succeeded by
Bill Gadsby
Preceded by
Bill Gadsby
Head Coach of the Detroit Red Wings
1969–70
Succeeded by
Ned Harkness
Preceded by
Scotty Bowman
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
1971–72
Succeeded by
Bill McCreary Sr.
Preceded by
Bep Guidolin
Head coach of the Kansas City Scouts
1975–76
Succeeded by
Eddie Bush
Preceded by
Jack Adams
General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings
1962-71
Succeeded by
Ned Harkness
Preceded by
Scotty Bowman
General Manager of the St. Louis Blues
1971-72
Succeeded by
Chuck Catto
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Kansas City Scouts
197476
Succeeded by
Ray Miron