Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ex-Lightning coach Demers out of hospital

OTTAWA, Ontario — Former Lightning coach and current Canadian Senator Jacques Demers was home Sunday a day after being hospitalized in Montreal, his Senate office said.

The office didn't provide details about why he was hospitalized. Reports said Saturday that Demers, 72, had suffered a second stroke this year.

Demers also had a stroke in April. His recovery had progressed to the point that he was able to make public appearances in a wheelchair. He took part in a ceremony Tuesday for the Canadiens' home opener at the Bell Centre. Demers, who coached the Canadiens to their most recent Stanley Cup in 1993, smiled as he handed a ceremonial torch to captain Max Pacioretty.

Demers coached the Lightning from 1997-99 and also coached Quebec, Detroit and St. Louis in his 20-year NHL career. He was named to Canada's Senate in 2009 by then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and sits as an Independent.

Ex-Lightning coach Demers out of hospital 10/23/16 [Last modified: Sunday, October 23, 2016 5:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours