Lorne was born July 20, 1930, in Lumsden and grew up in Regina, attending Scott Collegiate before playing junior hockey with the Regina Pats, with whom he scored "lots of big goals'' as they advanced to the 1950 Memorial Cup. Given an opportunity to pursue careers as a professional baseball or hockey player, he signed a contract with the New York Rangers and ultimately advanced to the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. He was with Montreal and Detroit when they won Stanley Cups in 1953 and 1955 respectively. He also played in other professional and senior leagues before joining the Canadian national team in the 1960s. He coached three teams - the International Hockey League's Muskegon Zephyrs, his beloved Pats (1976-78) and, at the request of Father David Bauer, became a co-coach with the Canadian team that participated in the 1980 Olympics. He wore proudly around his neck an Olympic pendant and on his fingers Stanley Cup rings from the Oilers and Canadiens.
Hockey fans, players, coaches and friends are invited to participate in a joyful tribute to Lorne's life on Friday, December 28, from 1:00 4:00 p.m. at Regina's Queensbury Centre. A short, formal program begins at 2:00 p.m. and everyone will be given an opportunity to share stories and memories, embellished, true or otherwise. Flowers are gratefully declined. Because of Lorne's long affiliation with the Regina Pats, donations can be directed to two charities supported by the WHL team - Palliative Care Caring Hearts Camp for Kids, or Breast Cancer Action Saskatchewan.