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Elmer Lach, Montreal Canadiens great and 'Punch Line' center, dies at 97
Elmer Lach, Montreal Canadiens great and 'Punch Line' center, dies at 97

Hockey Hall of Fame forward Elmer Lach, who centered the Montreal Canadiens' famed "Punch Line" in the 1940s, died Saturday in Montreal. He was 97. His death was announced by the Canadiens. Lach was the oldest living NHL player since the death of Albert Suomi, who died in September at 100. "They used to call him Elegant Elmer but he wasn't very elegant," said broadcaster Dick Irvin Jr., whose father, Dick Irvin Sr., was Lach's only coach through his 14-year NHL career from 1940 to 1954. "He was a tough little guy. "But he was a wonderful playmaker. He knew what to do with the puck." Lach retired as the league's career leader in...

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