Detroiters turnout at Little Caesars Arena for Ted Lindsay public visitation
DETROIT (FOX 2) - From large banners to boards with notes of rememberance, many aspects of Ted Lindsay's legacy were on display at his public visitation Friday.
"Be like Ted, You got to put out some good to get good back," said Andy Norris, a fan.
Hosted at Little Caesars Arena, Detroiters from across the metro area made a visit to show their respects to the hockey great.
"The passion he had for the sport, the passion for the people in the sport, he was a fierce, fierce competitor on the ice, he was a fierce competitor off the ice," said Ken Holland, general manger of the Red Wings.
Dying at the age of 93, Lindsay left hockey as an 11-time all starter, a four-time Stanley Cup winner and a "real humanitarian."
"I just wanted to come out here and pay my respects to Mr. Ted Lindsay," said Andrew Hill, "he meant a lot to me not only as a hockey player. I feel like the world lost one of the most amazing humanitarians to ever live."
Even as a hockey fan, Hill said his life continued to be impacted by Lindsay after the legend retired from the sport. Setting up the Ted Lindsay foundation, the charity helped fund research into autism. That influence tapped into other aspects of fan's lives too.
"I remember when the kids would ask him 'what do you need to be a hockey player, you know a really good one,'" said Roy Gonzalez, a fan of Lindsay's. "He said 'you got to have talent of course', but he says 'you've got to have heart.'"
Lindsay's visitation went from 9:07 a.m. to 7:07 p.m. Friday.