September 08, 2015

Ernie Laforce

Ernie Laforce was a long time senior player on the competitive Montreal senior circuit in the 1940s. The defenseman played primarily with the Montreal Royals, winning the Allan Cup as Canada's national amateur senior champions in 1947.

Described as a very popular, top-flight defenseman, he was a heady defender who rarely took a penalty. His breakout passes were his forte. Laforce served as the Royals team captain the last two seasons he played. He retired in 1950.

In the 1942-43 season the Montreal Canadiens borrowed Laforce's services due to injuries on their blue line. Laforce would only get into one game, replacing Charlie Phillips, on March 4th, 1943.

After retiring as a player Laforce coach youth and junior hockey in Montreal while working for Northern Electric.

Ernie Laforce passed away in 2009 at the age of 93.

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