Old Montreal Canadiens Scout Elmer Benning died at the age of 77.
Benning served as a scout for the Canadiens for nearly five decades, playing a key role in adding talents that changed franchises such as Netminder Carey Price. Benning's son, Jim, currently serves as general manager for the Vancouver Canucks, while Matt's grandson plays for the Edmonton Oilers.
The Canadiens issued the following statement on Friday:
With great sadness the Montreal Canadiens organization found out the death of Mr. Elmer Benning yesterday, December 27, at the age of 77, in Edmonton.
A member of the amateur Canadiens scouting department for the past 47 years, Mr. Benning is a loyal and loyal hockey man, and an individual who is highly respected by his colleagues throughout the world of hockey.
The Montreal Canadiens would like to express their deepest condolences to Mr. Benning's family.
You will be missed, Elmer.
The hockey community showed outpouring of support for Benning and his family after the news of his death.