Bouchard, Lach have numbers retired by Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens retired the numbers of Emile Bouchard and Elmer Lach during pregame ceremonies prior to their 100th anniversary game Friday night.

Bouchard, who won four Stanley Cups with Montreal from 1941-56, was wheeled out onto a red carpet by son Pierre Bouchard, a former Montreal defenseman.

The 91-year-old Lach, the oldest living former Canadiens player, won three Stanley Cups from 1940-54. He joined his former teammate for the on-ice ceremony prior to Montreal’s game centennial game against the Boston Bruins.

Ryan O’Byrne presented the 90-year-old Bouchard with a No. 3 banner, then took off his jersey while the banners were being hoisted to reveal a No. 20 jersey. Lach’s No. 16 was previously retired in honor of Henri Richard, who won a record 11 Stanley Cups.