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May 12, 2008
Wings legend: Konstantinov could have won 2 more Cups

By JOE SWICKARD
Free Press Staff Writer

Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay testified today that the Red Wings easily could have won at least two -- and perhaps five – more Stanley Cups if Vladimir Konstantinov hadn’t been disabled by 1997 limousine crash.

“That’s how good he was,” Lindsay, 82, told a federal jury in Detroit considering a claim against Findlay Ford, the Ohio dealership that sold the limo to a metro Detroit company.

“There was none better,” he said, adding that Konstantinov topped even the legendary Bobby Orr as a physical body-checking defenseman.

“He was best in the world. No doubt about it”,” Lindsay said.

Know as Terrible Ted for his relentless aggressive play in 1940s and 1950s, Lindsay said Konstantinov – who was 30 at the time of the accident -- also could have played into his 40s.

The limo crashed into a tree on Woodward in Birmingham when the driver fell asleep while returning from a golf outing celebrating the Wings’ Cup victory – the first Cup for the Wings since 1955 when Lindsay was skating for the team.


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Ted Lindsay: Konstantinov was 'greatest hockey player in the world'
paul egan / The Detroit News
DETROIT -- Hockey great Ted Lindsay testified today that Vladimir Konstantinov was the greatest hockey player in the world at the time of his devastating injury in a 1997 limousine crash and possibly the greatest defenseman of all time.

Lindsay, 82, who won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, told a civil trial in U. S. District Court that Konstantinov would have led the Wings to two more Stanley Cups following their 1997 victory and possibly more if he had not been injured.

Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov, the team masseur, who both suffered serious head injuries in the crash, are suing the Ohio Ford Motor Co. dealership that sold the stretch limousine in which they were riding when they crashed on Woodward Avenue in Birmingham.

Mnatsakanov is paralyzed from the waist down while Konstantinov suffered a serious head injury that makes it difficult for him to talk, walk and remember things.

Konstantinov was 30 at the time of the crash. Lindsay testified he could have played into his 40s.

"He was the greatest machine in the world," Lindsay told the jury of five men and three women. Today, "I see this vegetable and to me it just kind of makes me sick (compared) to what was the greatest hockey player in the world."

Lindsay said he understood the chauffer had been impaired at the time of the crash. "People like that, they should be shot," he said.

Richard Gnida, the limo driver, fell asleep at the wheel. He was given nine months in jail for operating the vehicle without a driver's license, which had been suspended for numerous infractions.

The crash happened just six days after the Wings won their first NHL championship in 42 years and stunned hockey fans across the state and nation.

The trial continues before U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh.

You can reach Paul Egan at (313) 222-2069 or pegan@detnews.com.

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Truley was a shame. I loved how they brought him back out on the ice the following year and in 02 I believe. Never really knew how he played but I've heard he was even more physical than Kronwall has been.


When the wings win this year :wink: I'm sure the'll bring him on the ice again or at least be present during the victory celibration

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Yzermanx3 wrote:
Truley was a shame. I loved how they brought him back out on the ice the following year and in 02 I believe. Never really knew how he played but I've heard he was even more physical than Kronwall has been.


When the wings win this year :wink: I'm sure the'll bring him on the ice again or at least be present during the victory celibration

Konstantinov was far more physical than anyone currently on the Wings roster. He flat out just destroyed people on the ice. But he wasn't just a one-dimensional player. I remember at the time one of the Wings front office people (I believe it was Ken Holland) saying that there wasn't any player in the league who they would trade Vlad for. He was that good.


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