|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1969|
February 22, 1918|
Melville, SK, CAN
|Died||February 8, 2000
Farmington Hills, MI, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Black Hawks
Sidney Gerald 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 Black Hawks and was a member of three winning Stanley Cups in 1943, 1950, and 1952 with the Detroit Red Wings.
Abel's older brother, George was a Canadian Olympic ice hockey player. In Olympic competition at Oslo, Norway, he scored the winning goal in the final game, securing the only Canadian gold medal of the Olympics. Sid's son Gerry also briefly played in the NHL, and his grandson Brent Johnson is a goaltender who last played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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 won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 1949. Abel was traded from the Red Wings to the Black Hawks 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. Though his #12 was honored by the Wings, Abel wore 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 19 and 20 throughout his career.1
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.
- 2-time NHL First Team All-Star (1948, 1949)
- 2-time NHL Second Team All-Star (1941, 1951)
- 3-time Stanley Cup champion (1943, 1950, 1952)
- 1-time Hart Memorial Trophy (1949)
- Detroit Red Wings #12 retired on April 29, 1995
|1938–39||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||15||1||1||2||0||3||1||1||2||2|
|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|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- *Name was engraved on the Stanley Cup.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|CHI||1952–53||70||27||28||15||69||4th in NHL||Lost in first round|
|CHI||1953–54||70||12||51||7||31||6th in NHL||DNQ|
|DET||1957–58||33||16||12||5||37||3rd in NHL||Lost in first round|
|DET||1958–59||70||25||37||8||58||6th in NHL||DNQ|
|DET||1959–60||70||26||29||15||67||4th in NHL||Lost in first round|
|DET||1960–61||70||25||29||16||66||4th in NHL||Lost in Stanley Cup Final|
|DET||1961–62||70||23||33||14||60||5th in NHL||DNQ|
|DET||1962–63||70||32||25||13||77||4th in NHL||Lost in Stanley Cup Final|
|DET||1963–64||70||30||29||11||71||4th in NHL||Lost in Stanley Cup Final|
|DET||1964–65||70||40||23||7||87||1st in NHL||Lost in first round|
|DET||1965–66||70||31||27||12||74||4th in NHL||Lost in Stanley Cup Final|
|DET||1966–67||70||27||39||4||58||5th in NHL||DNQ|
|DET||1967–68||74||27||35||12||66||5th in East||DNQ|
|DET||1969–70||74||38||21||15||91||3rd in East||Lost in First Round|
|STL||1971–72||10||3||6||1||7||3rd in West||Fired|
|KC||1975–76||3||0||3||0||0||5th in Smythe||Interim Coach|
- List of famous ice hockey linemates
- List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
- Notable families in the NHL
- Production line (hockey)
- Captain (ice hockey)
- "Detroit Red Wings - History, 1935-36". Retrieved 2009-04-28. "Red Wings Facts, Wings who wore four different jersey numbers, Sid Abel - 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 19, 20"
- Carroll, M. R. (2001). The Concise Encyclopedia of Hockey. Vancouver: Greystone Press.
- Diamond, Dan and Eric Zweig, eds (2003). Hockey's Glory Days: the 50s and 60s. Kansas City: Andrew McMeel.
- Fischler, Stan (2002). Detroit Red Wings: Greatest Moments and Players. Sports Publishing Co.
- Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players:the ultimate A-Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0-385-25999-9.
- Sid Abel's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Sid Abel's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Picture of Sid Abel's Name on the 1950 Stanley Cup Plaque as the Detroit Red Wings Captain