Louis Holmes

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Louis Holmes
Born (1911-01-29)January 29, 1911
Rushall, England
Died March 11, 2010(2010-03-11) (aged 99)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Centre/Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Portland Buckaroos (PCHL)
Spokane Clippers (PCHL)
Chicago Black Hawks (NHL)
Playing career 1931–1949

Louis Charles Carter "Lou" Holmes (January 29, 1911 – March 11, 2010) was a professional ice hockey centre who played 56 games in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Black Hawks from 1931 to 1933. He was born in Rushall, England, United Kingdom, but grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. After his playing career, Holmes coached the gold medal winning Edmonton Mercurys at the 1952 Winter Olympics. Holmes was, from 2007 until his death, the oldest living NHL-player, as well as the longest-lived.

Playing career[edit]

As a youth, Holmes played junior hockey with the Edmonton Bruins from 1928 until 1930. In 1931, he made to move to professional hockey, playing 41 games with the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). It would be his only full season in the NHL, as he played only 18 the following year with the Hawks, the rest with the St. Paul/Tulsa team of the American Hockey Association (AHA). He would spend the rest of his professional career with teams in the AHA and the Pacific Coast Hockey League.

In 1942, he enlisted and fought in World War II. When he returned, Holmes played senior hockey with various teams in the Edmonton area until he retired from active play in 1949.

Personal life[edit]

He had two sons, Chuck and Greg, one daughter, Gail, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. His wife, Helen Ruth Coulson, known as Buddy died in 1997. Louis Holmes died on March 11, 2010 at the age of 99.[1]

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