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06-11-2007, 05:22 PM
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Oldest Former NHL Player?

It was mentioned that Lorne Carr was the oldest former NHLer when he passed away recently at age 96. Out of curiosity, who are/were the oldest former NHL players? Did anybody make it to 100?

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06-11-2007, 05:29 PM
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thats too bad about lorne he was one of the few links left to the leafs of the early 1940's Heck he may had been the last one left.

May he rest in peace!!

http://www.mapleleafs.com/news/news.asp?story_id=2618

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I'm not sure who's the oldest but there's some guy named Chelios playing in the NHL right now and.....................

Anyways I'm going to name off a few now. Elmer Lach was born Jan. 1918. He's 89 right now. There's nothing I've heard indicating him dying. Imagine the stories he'd tell.

Milt Schmidt was born March 1918. He's 89 as well. If anyone can remember the last time Boston won the Cup before Orr arrived it would be him.

Others like Ted Kennedy, Johnny Bower, Ted Lindsay are all alive and well as far as I know.

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06-12-2007, 11:06 AM
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Ray Getliffe is 93 or 94.

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I'm not sure who's the oldest but there's some guy named Chelios playing in the NHL right now and.....................

Anyways I'm going to name off a few now. Elmer Lach was born Jan. 1918. He's 89 right now. There's nothing I've heard indicating him dying. Imagine the stories he'd tell.

Milt Schmidt was born March 1918. He's 89 as well. If anyone can remember the last time Boston won the Cup before Orr arrived it would be him.

Others like Ted Kennedy, Johnny Bower, Ted Lindsay are all alive and well as far as I know.
Gordie will be around at 100 for sure. If he is, he will no doubt be planning a comeback...

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I was at a Habs-Bruins game this year where Elmer Lach (age 89) and Emile 'Butch' Bouchard (age 86) where introduced among others. It was amazing seeing them walk out on to the ice knowing they were playing with the team as early as 1941, they seemed to have almost an aura around them of hockey history.


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06-16-2007, 03:15 AM
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Clint Smith is 93 and has been a regular at Canuck home games in recent years.

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06-19-2007, 09:44 PM
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has anyone read anything official yet?

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06-20-2007, 12:40 AM
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For awhile I've been trying to find the oldest hall of famer. The oldest I found was Elmer Lach. Are there any who are older?

ETA: I didn't know Clint Smith was in the Hall of Fame (I'd never even heard of him) so I guess he wins for now.


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In the last 4 years we've seen 3 or 4 ex-players pass away who were the oldest NHL alums for a brief time. I wonder if anyone has a timeline of who they were and their ages... Palangio rings a bell as one of recent decedents. Though I may be wrong.

I also would like to know who is the oldest remaining now.

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http://www.beehivehockey.com/images/...iewiseman1.jpg

I think I found a new leader in the category. RW Eddie Wiseman was born on 28 December, 1912. As far as I can tell, he is still alive. Wiseman played 456 games for the Red Wings, Americans and Bruins between 1933 and 1942. He scored 280 points. He led the playoffs in goals in 1941; that was the only time he won the Stanley Cup.

Wiseman seems to be the record. Clint Smith (born 1913), Ray Getliffe (born 1914), Murray Alexander Armstrong (born in 1916), Elmer Lach (born in 1918) and Milt Schmidt (born in 1918)must also be high on the list.

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06-21-2007, 10:48 PM
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Maybe not a player, but former Red Wings coach and GM Jimmy Skinner is still alive. He's 89

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wally stanowski is alive and almost 93

I gues he and howie meeker are the only leafs left from the 1940's now.

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i think its elmer lach hes 94 now

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just did some reacsearch its 99 year old Al Suomi played for chicago in the mid 30s

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just did some reacsearch its 99 year old Al Suomi played for chicago in the mid 30s
Interesting... for the life of me I cant remember the guys name, but there was a former Montreal Canadien who was still alive & kicking in Ottawa up until about a decade ago who was pushing 100 & still skating on the Rideau Canal. Had a funny nickname... anyhoo, Red Horner was 95 (09-05) & Mush March 93 (09-02).

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Interesting... for the life of me I cant remember the guys name, but there was a former Montreal Canadien who was still alive & kicking in Ottawa up until about a decade ago who was pushing 100 & still skating on the Rideau Canal. Had a funny nickname... anyhoo, Red Horner was 95 (09-05) & Mush March 93 (09-02).
You are probably thinking of Joliat though he died at age 84 in 1986.

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hfboards member "therealkoho" has a great story about meeting Aurel Joliat while out for a skate a long time ago, IIRC.

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You are probably thinking of Joliat though he died at age 84 in 1986.
... ya, thats the guy. And I guess I saw that blurb on CBC about him a lot more than
10yrs ago huh?. What happens when you get older. Decades blurr, time speeds up.

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Apparently Eddie Wiseman died in 1977 (as per wikipedia).

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Louis holmes was the oldest player and the longest lived at age 101

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Milt Schmidt must be in his mid 90s now, think i heard recently that his health is failing though.

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Schmidt is 94 and is mentally there as he was recently interviewed from the care facility where he lives

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Schmidt is 94 and is mentally there as he was recently interviewed from the care facility where he lives
I had the pleasure of meeting Milt a couple of years ago and he was in great shape both mentally & physically. Was still driving his car.

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I remember my old great great granduncle Leroy Goldsworthy being pretty old when he died. He played from 1925-1942.

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p...y.php?pid=1954

Edit: Did a google search, and turns out my toddler/early childhood memories are wrong. He died at 71. I guess that seemed ancient to me at the time lol.

He was a cool old cat. Also played professional golf. His son, my great uncle, I remember telling me that he was he first rookie to ever play his first game in the NHL in a playoff game. I don't know if that is right, but if anywhere on HF would know, it would be this subforum.

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