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Lach in 1942

Elmer James Lach (January 22, 1918 – April 4, 2015)[1] was a Canadian professional ice hockey center. He played 14 seasons for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League.

Lach retired in 1954 as the league's all-time leading scorer, having played 664 regular season games, scoring 215 goals and 408 assists for 623 points, as well as 76 postseason games, where he scored 19 goals and 45 assists for 64 points. He was soon elected in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

Lach was born on January 22, 1918 in Nokomis, Saskatchewan. He was raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. Lach died of a stroke in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, aged 97.[2]


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