Sidney 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 Blackhawks and was a member of three winning Stanley Cups in 1943, 1950, and 1952 with the Red Wings.
Abel's son Gerry also briefly played in the NHL, and his grandson Brent Johnson is a goaltender with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Born in Melville, Saskewatchetan, "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 Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP in 1949. Abel was traded from the Red Wings to the Black Hawks in 1953, and served as a player-coach for the next two seasons. He returned to the Red Wings in 1958 and served as Detroit's coach through the 1970. 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 #12 banner hanging in Joe Louis Arena.==Awards and achievements==
- 1941-42 - NHL Second Team All-Star - Left Wing
- 1942–43 - Stanley Cup Champion - Detroit Red Wings
- 1948–49 - NHL First Team All-Star - Centre
- 1948–49 - Hart Memorial Trophy
- 1949-50 - NHL First Team All-Star - Centre
- 1949–50 - Stanley Cup Champion - Detroit Red Wings
- 1950-51 - NHL Second Team All-Star - Centre
- 1951–52 - Stanley Cup Champion - Detroit Red Wings
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|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|
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|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|
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|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|
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- Name was engraved on the Stanley Cup.