By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – A week after his foundation donated $1 million to Beaumont Hospital for children with autism, 88-year-old Detroit Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay underwent heart surgery there Wednesday to replace his aortic valve, according to the team’s website.
One of just seven players whose number hangs in the rafters at Joe Louis Arena, “Terrible Ted” played in Detroit for 14 years, helping the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.
Lindsay was still in the hospital Friday but had a chance to move out of the intensive care unit that day.
“I cannot begin to tell you how great dad is doing,” Lindsay’s daughter Lynn LaPaugh told the team website in an email. “They want him up a couple of times walking today and then resting.”
If his recovery continues to go well, Lindsay could be back at his home by early next week.
Whenever he leaves the hospital, however, his legacy will remain; in recognition of his donation to the hospital, Beaumont is naming its autism facility the Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center.