Sidney Gerald Abel
Most versatile figure in state hockey history. Served Red Wings as player, captain, coach, general manager and broadcaster during distinguished career spanning more than quarter century in Detroit. Center on red Wings' legendary 'Production Line' with right wing Gordie Howe and left wing Ted Lindsay which captured top three spots in NFL scoring for 1949-50. Named to NHL All-Star team four times at two different positions. In 1948-49 led league in goals with 28 and received Hart Trophy as Most Valuable Player. Member of five NHL Champion teams and three Stanley Cup Champions. Scored 189 goals in 12 year big league career, including personal high of 34 in 1950. Coaching-managing record includes NHL Championshipin 1964-65. Led team into playoffs seven times in first ten seasons as coach, four times as Stanley Cup finalist. Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1967.