Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Hockey Hall of Famer Elmer Lach, a three- time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens, died Saturday morning. He was 97 years old.

"Every member of the Canadiens organization is profoundly saddened and touched by the death of Mr. Lach. Elmer Lach was a determined player who enjoyed a great career with the Canadiens and who became an important part of the community in Montreal. On behalf of the Molson family and all members of the organization, I offer my sincere condolences to the members of his family," said Canadiens president Geoff Molson.

Lach spent each of his 14 NHL seasons with Montreal from 1940-54, helping the Canadiens win Stanley Cup titles in 1944, '46 and '53. He also won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1945 when he notched 26 goals and 54 assists for 80 points in a 50-game season.

The Saskatchewan native centered Montreal's famous "Punch Line" that also featured Maurice Richard and Toe Blake. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.