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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.

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[edit]Playing careerEdit

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.[1]

[edit]Post-playing careerEdit

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. [1][2]Abel's #12 banner hanging in Joe Louis Arena.==[edit]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

[edit]Career statisticsEdit

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.

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