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Sid Abel

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Sid Abel (February 18, 1918 - February 7, 2000) was an 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 winning three Stanley Cups.

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 was traded from the Red Wings to the Blackhawks 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. In the 1970s and 1980s, Abel worked as a color commentator on Red Wings radio broadcasts.

Sid Abel was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.


Preceded by:
Ebbie Goodfellow
Head Coaches of the Chicago Blackhawks
1952–1954
Succeeded by:
Frank Eddolls
Preceded by:
Jimmy Skinner
Head Coaches of the Detroit Red Wings
1958–1968
Succeeded by:
Bill Gadsby
Preceded by:
Bill Gadsby
Head Coaches of the Detroit Red Wings
1969–1970
Succeeded by:
Ned Harkness
Preceded by:
Scotty Bowman
Head Coaches of the St. Louis Blues
1972
Succeeded by:
Bill McCreary
Preceded by:
Bep Guidolin
Head Coaches of the Kansas City Scouts
1976
Succeeded by:
Eddie Bush

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