Elmer Lach on his neighbourhood rink on his 92nd birthday last year.
Allen McInnis, Gazette
Canadiens Hall of Famer Elmer Lach continues on the slow, steady road to recovery following surgery on the right hip he broke nine days ago in a spill at his suburban Montreal home.
Lach, 93, was in good spirits when I dropped in on him today, saying the pain he felt with this injury was greater and lasted longer than anything he suffered in hockey.
And that’s saying something – during his 14 seasons with the Habs from 1940-54, some of which he spent centring Rocket Richard and Toe Blake on the famed Punch Line, Elmer had his skull fractured, nose broken seven times, jaw broken at least twice, cheekbone shattered, arm, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle torn up and he had two veins severed when a blade sliced through his skate boot.
Elmer expects an extended rehabilitation to begin shortly, and he sincerely thanks Habs Inside/Out readers for their good wishes.