This just in: Opposition party leaders announced in Parliament today they want Detroit's Ted Lindsay to be deducted from the Hockey Hall of Fame for hurling racist slurs at the Canadiens during the 1953-54 Stanley Cup final.Hat tip to The Commentator for the find.
There is nothing on the websites of either the Canadian Parliament or the Liberal Party of Canada. My suspicion is that - if this is indeed true - the motion was announced by some grandstanding fringe politician. I cannot see the benefit for the Canadian Liberals to pursue this.
The nature of the alleged slurs was not listed in the blurb, but I would hazard a guess that it involved French-speaking players (fill in your own demeaning epithet).
The problem here is that 21st-century morals are being anachronistically imposed upon a person's actions over 50 years ago. If Ted Lindsay did, indeed, refer to a Montreal Candien player in a denigrating fashion, that is regrettable, but unfortunately there were quite a few racial and ethnic slurs tossed around in the 1950s.
I had a few brief dealings with Ted Lindsay when I worked at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit during the 1980s. He was a regular in the Red Wing Alumni Room, and was a courteous, kind man who never hesitated to sign autographs or stop and talk with nobodies like me.
More importantly - he used to be good friends with an employee in the concessions department named Jessie Thomas, an African-American man who unloaded the hundreds of kegs of beer that came in for every Red Wings game and concert at the Joe. I recall Ted and Jessie many times talking hockey or politics outside of the commissary, and if Ted Lindsay is a racist, then Mother Theresa was a drunken barroom floozy.