Lach undergoes successful surgery

Canadiens legend Elmer Lach, 93, is recovering in hospital following successful hip surgery last night.

The Hall of Famer and oldest living Canadien broke his hip a few days ago after a nasty spill outside his home. But he’s gotten excellent care and doctors are pleased with the surgery, performed just about the time the Canadiens were taking on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Don’t get the idea from yesterday’s report that Elmer had to be outside shovelling; he broke the hip in a fall, not out clearing snow. But Elmer, a native of Nokomis, SK, and a Montrealer for 70 years, knows the business end of a shovel and anyone who knows him understands there’s not a neutral gear in his body.

Updates to come in the days ahead.


  1. GregMeakin says:

    Would SOMEONE repeat to Mr. Lach that he needs to stop shoveling his driveway at 93 years old! Geez.

    In 2003, I had the once-in-a-lifetime memory of receiving a personal letter from Elmer Lach. If my math is right, I think he was only a youngster of 86 at the rime! I had built an ice arena for my community, and he wrote me a hand-written letter congratulating me on my commitment to growing the sport of hockey out west.

    Typical of Lach, he congratulated me NOT on receiving Kudos from ELMER LACH, but in receiving kudos from Jean Beliveau! In his letter, he told me Beliveau “was a good guy to know.”

    All the best for a speedy recovery, Mr. Lach, and to me, you will forever remain one of the most underated hockey players in the history of the game.

    Now please, Monsieur Lach, please take it easy for a change. Shoveling the driveway? Can we hire a Zamboni guy to do it for you or something?!


    Greg Meakin

    Raised in Dorval, now in Seattle area

  2. Propwash says:

    Wishing you well Elmer!

  3. habsfan_61 says:

    get well mr. lach. my mom broke her hip in a fall in 09. tough row ahead and good luck

  4. smiler2729 says:

    Attaboy Elmer! So what, 4-6 weeks ’til you’re back in action? Playoffs comin’ up, we need ya.

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    Best wishes to Mr Lach!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  6. wheatwhacker says:

    From one old Wheatwhacker to another Mr. Lach, I wish you all the very very best.  You are one tough and classy and smart person.

    We are all with you.

  7. Psycho29 says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr.Lach!


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  10. dh says:

    AK has been playing well the last few games.  I was wondering when he’d get a shot on the PP. 

    Wonder if that crack from the coach about his “it’s a contract year” had anything to do with his slump?  Seemed like he was doing very well to start and after that not so much.  Or maybe he’s jus one of many that doesn’t play well with Gomez centering…

    Gill has been very good.  He’s definitely learned how to compensate for his speed.  Wiz is doing well also.  Hammer is much better when playing a sane amount of time.

    I think that they can beat any team when they play.  But that’s true for a lot of teams.  Check the Sens/Flyers last night.  The key is beating them 4 out of 7.  We’ll see how that goes.

  11. Ian Cobb says:

    I liked Gill laying on 3 great hits and Kostitsin giving second effort last night. Your right about the fore check by the Hurricanes

  12. Danno says:

    The Wiz landed a freight-train crusher on Sutter. It was awesome considering what he’s been through.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    Ya Danno, nice to see.

  14. MannyR says:

    I wish him a speedy recovery.

  15. habitual says:

    You’re right about this being a hard team to watch, Ian.

    I wish I could agree about the timely hits.  There are too few forwards who hit with regularity or authority.  Behind AK (whose hit caused the first goal), and Pouliott, I can’t think of a forward who can put a lick on anyone.  Last night I thought the ‘Canes were the first to the puck, and won most of the battles.

  16. Ian Cobb says:

    Elmer is one tough gent, he will be OK. He is only 93, Its the porch that took the shit kicking.!!


    It was nice to see the team play with a little fear and some panic last night. Knowing that it was a must win situation for both teams, and the fact that we were playing without our quality dependable 1st string goal tender.

    I saw second effort out of players that had not been playing up to their potential. I have no doubt that we can beat any team in this league when our backs are against the wall.

    Just like in the play offs last year, we seem to find that extra gear,only when needed. And then when ahead, they go on cruse control, letting the opposition come to them.

    They are as frustrating a team to watch every night, but they sure keep me watching on the edge of my seat. Which is great entertainment, but hard on the blood pressure.

    We even started making timely hits and by players who have been silent most of the year in that dept. But those stupid penalties have to be eliminated. At least Pouliot has not taken any foolish penalties in the past two games. He is generally good for at least one a game. He probable knows about the trade dead line coming up. And Kostitsin seems to know the date also.

    Anyway we only have one more crack at the Rangers, another 4 pointer and we have two more cracks at the bean town boys. Who won’t be caught unless we can take both games, tall order.

  17. Da Hema says:

    All my thoughts and prayers Mr. Lach.

    “The porch that took the shit kicking.” Good Ian!

  18. habstrinifan says:

    Get Well Mr. Lach.

  19. ProHabs says:

    Regardless, I still think Gomez should have to go over to his house and shovel Mr. Lach snow.

  20. punkster says:

    All the best Mr. Lach. You’ll be back out there in no time.


  21. Keith says:

    Man, I wish those old Hall of Famers could live forever. Best of luck and a speedy recovery Elmer!

  22. 24 Cups says:

    “He’s 93 and anyone who knows him understands there’s not a neutral gear in his body.”

    Sounds a lot like our Mike Boone:-)

  23. Danno says:

    Great news! All the best to Mr. Lach for a full and speedy recovery and best wishes to the family.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  24. habitual says:

    Stubbsie: is there an address for a get well card that you can provide, that won’t expose Elmer’s privacy?

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