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12-27-2013, 06:01 PM
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players still alive

are there any players from the nhl still alive from the 1920's. both stanley cup winners and non cup winners. also any still alive from the 30's.

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12-27-2013, 06:08 PM
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are there any players from the nhl still alive from the 1920's. both stanley cup winners and non cup winners. also any still alive from the 30's.
Milt Schmidt is still alive.
I saw a pic of Elmer Lach on my Twitter account today. So this one is still alive as well.

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anyone left from the 1920's.

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At my knowledge oldest one is Al Suomi who is 100 years old. Played in the Chicago Blackhawks first all-American team in 1936-1937.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Suomi

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Ya, as per sanf above the oldest former NHL player still living is Al Suomi who was born October 29th, 1913 (101) in Eveleth Minnesota. Very interesting story actually. In 1936 Major Frederick McGlaughlin, owner of the Chicago Blackhawks benched all of his Canadian players & decided that he was going sign nothing but US born American players for that season. Publicity stunt and unfortunately at that time one that backfired and only lasted 5 games. Chicago recruited a team of the best semi-pro's & amateurs, Suomi amongst them who in 34/35 had played for the Chicago Baby Ruths (sponsored by the Curtis Candy Company), a semi-pro team that played before every Hawks home game (doubleheader type dealeo). After that 5 game stint in 1936/37 (no goals, assists nor penalty minutes), he went on to play Senior for the Virginia Americans & Michigan Pontiacs of the old Michigan Ontario Hockey League before retiring around 1940.

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I may be wrong, but I think Chris Chelios is still around.

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I may be wrong, but I think Chris Chelios is still around.
He is LBD. Wasnt he signed in the 30's?


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He is LBD. Wasnt he signed in the 30's?

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Just a few months ago at the HHOF induction he said (and he's 51) he's been thinking that if his sons Dean & Jake who are currently playing College Hockey dont make it to the NHL, he'll pack up the whole family & head to Switzerland or wherever, pull a Gordie Howe, resume his career & play with his boys over there.

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Milt Schmidt is still alive.
I saw a pic of Elmer Lach on my Twitter account today. So this one is still alive as well.
First two I thought of as well. Both born in 1918 I believe. That makes them 95. Not sure about Elmer, but I thought Milt was still doing alright health wise and in between the ears.

Oh, the stories they could tell you.

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Where does the name Al SUOMI come from? Suomi means Finland in finnish language.

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Where does the name Al SUOMI come from? Suomi means Finland in finnish language.
His parents emigrated from Finland a couple of years before he was born. Here is an article about his life: http://www.hometownfocus.us/news/201..._Al_Suomi.html

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Elmer Lach

Elmer Lach story from today's Gazette. Written by Dave Stubbs. Reminiscing about Christmas on the road, injuries, etc:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sport...426/story.html


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^^^ Interesting & very timely indeed. Sometimes the posts here just write themselves.

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This thread is as good a place to post this as anywhere. When I was younger I recall the Habs having their all time all-star team. It was Plante, Harvey, Robinson, Richard, Beliveau and Moore. But they also had an appearance from the oldest living Hab from the time, Aurele Joliat. Great vid:


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This thread is as good a place to post this as anywhere. When I was younger I recall the Habs having their all time all-star team. It was Plante, Harvey, Robinson, Richard, Beliveau and Moore. But they also had an appearance from the oldest living Hab from the time, Aurele Joliat. Great vid:

What spirit and courage!

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His parents emigrated from Finland a couple of years before he was born. Here is an article about his life: http://www.hometownfocus.us/news/201..._Al_Suomi.html
Thanks. Interesting read.

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