Sidney Gerald Abel (February 22, 1918Template:Spaced ndashFebruary 8, 2000) was a Canadian Hall of Fame hockey player, coach and general manager in the National Hockey League, most notably for the Detroit Red Wings, and was a member of three winning Stanley Cup teams in 1943, 1950, and 1952.
Born in Melville, Saskatchewan,
"Old Bootnose", as he was known,
In 1947, Abel and Lindsay was teamed up with rookie right winger Gordie Howe as a forward line by Red Wings' coach Jack Adams. While Abel's effectiveness late that season and in the playoffs was limited by an attack of pleurisy, the line paid immediate dividends, turning Lindsay into a star and leading the team to a playoff berth. The following season, Lindsay, Abel and Howe finished 1-3-4 in team scoring, while leading the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup Finals.
By the 1949 season, the newly dubbed "Production Line" led the Wings to the first of seven consecutive regular season first place finishes, an unsurpassed NHL record, hampered only by serious injuries that cost Howe and Lindsay much of the season. Abel was tied with Lindsay for third in NHL scoring while leading the league in goals and recording career highs in goals and assists, and was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player, as well as being named to the First All-Star Team.
The next three seasons saw Abel lead the Production Line to surpass any other forward line in points, and in 1950 season Lindsay, Abel and Howe finished 1-2-3 in league scoring, the only time in NHL history that three linemates had achieved that feat. Abel repeated his First All-Star Team honor in 1950 en route to playing for his second Stanley Cup champion, and was named Second Team All-Star in 1951.
Abel was traded from the Red Wings to the Black Hawks for in 1952, and was named coach of the team. He served as player-coach for the next two seasons, and was the last full-time player-head coach in NHL history.
Though his #12 was honored by the Wings, Abel wore 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 19 and 20 throughout his career.
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 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.
Awards and achievements
- 2-time NHL First Team All-Star (1949, 1950)
- 2-time NHL Second Team All-Star (1942, 1951)
- 3-time Stanley Cup champion (1943, 1950, 1952)
- 1-time Hart Memorial Trophy (1949)
- Detroit Red Wings #12 retired on April 29, 1995
|1938–39||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||15||1||1||2||0||3||1||1||2||2|
|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|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- *Name was engraved on the Stanley Cup.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|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|
- List of famous ice hockey linemates
- List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
- Notable families in the NHL
- Production line (hockey)
- Captain (ice hockey)
- McFarlane, Brian. 50 Years Of Hockey. Winnipeg: Greywood Publishing Ltd. p. 79.
- Coleman, Charles L. (1976). Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol.III. Sherbrooke, PQ: Progressive Publications. p. 661.
- "NHL 1948-49 League Leaders". The Hockey Database. Ralph Slate. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- Coleman, Charles L. (1976). Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol.III. Sherbrooke, PQ: Progressive Publications. p. 662.
- "Sid Abel Career Statistics". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- "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.
- Sid Abel's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Sid Abel's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database