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Obituary - Blaine Lacher

Blaine Lacher

1970 - 2024

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Lacher(2024)

The family of Blaine Irwin Lacher are deeply saddened to announce his unexpected passing in Medicine Hat on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 53 years. Blaine was born on September 5, 1970, a son to proud parents, Irwin and Sandra Lacher. Those who knew Blaine, knew he was very caring with a heart of gold. His charismatic personality kept everyone entertained with sarcastic humour and quick witted one-liners! These are just some of the traits he will be missed for. Blaine was a former professional hockey player in which is an accomplishment not many achieve. He was also an avid sports fan and bled blue and white for his favourite NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts. Most of all, Blaine was a proud father to his son, Quin. Besides Quin, he will be forever remembered by his father, Irwin and two sisters, Faye Keil and her children, Nolan and Jordan; and Lana (Claudio) Howeg and their son, Ethan. Blaine will also be missed by his close friends and all those who knew him. He was predeceased by his mother, Sandra Lacher. In honour of Blaine’s life, a private family gathering will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations in Blaine’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice.


  1. Anna Wenzel:
    Feb 01, 2024 at 05:18 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Blaine. He was a very good friend to me, and one of my late husbands, closest friends. He had such a huge heart and was such a witty and intelligent person. I will never forget everything he did for us when Clayton was sick, I will miss him very much.

  2. Medicine Hat Cubs:
    Feb 01, 2024 at 07:26 PM

    On behalf of the entire Cubs organization, we offer our heartfelt condolences to Blaine's family, friends, colleagues and former teammates.
    Blaine will always be an honored alumni of our hockey club and he will be deeply missed by those who knew him both on and off the ice.

  3. Ana Velez:
    Feb 01, 2024 at 08:27 PM

    I deeply regret your sensitive loss, at the moment there are no words that can comfort, I know that you have the strength to overcome such a difficult situation.

  4. Kai Leggett:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 03:46 AM

    I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Blaine’s passing. I had the privilege of playing hockey with him in Melville. He was one of a kind. I would like to send sympathy and condolences to all of Blaine’s family. Take care and prayers.

  5. Keith Lutz:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 09:26 AM

    Faye, Lana and families. I was shocked to hear of Blaine's passing. I was lucky enough to have had a nice visit with him a while back when he stopped by my shop. Always a great character. I pray that you find peace during this difficult period. Please accept my deepest condolences. RIP Loch's

  6. Alexa Falux:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 09:43 AM

    My heart goes out his family. I knew Blaine very well thru his college years as a s Lakers goalie.

  7. Pam Whitfield:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 09:53 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Blaine holds a special place in my heart. May God hold him in His righteous right hand. 🙏🏻✝️

  8. Derek Babe:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 09:53 AM

    Deepest condolences to Blaine's family. He was a good friend for a long time and he will be missed. RIP.

  9. Genevieve Barker:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 09:54 AM

    Dear Faye, so sorry to hear about the passing of your brother, Blaine.
    My deepest condolences during this difficult time to you and your family.

  10. Marthe Cormier:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 09:58 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss Faye. My prayers are with you and your family!

  11. Erik Tandberg:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 10:52 AM

    I did not know Blaine personally but I am saddened to hear of his passing. As a young goaltender myself in 1997, I came across one of Blaine’s hockey cards and was inspired to draw his portrait. I still have that sketchbook, and would be happy to share the image with anyone interested. His work in life had an impact on this 14 year old kid in Victoria BC. My condolences to his family.

  12. Isabelle Helberg:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 11:17 AM

    Irwin, Faye, Lana & family. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Blaine. Curtis and I would like to send our condolences and love to all of you, during this most difficult time.

  13. Super Dave McKinstry:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 12:38 PM

    When Blaine came to play for the Oyen Eagles senior team he fit right in. Loved the banter. Many times our local guys left him high and dry, he stood on his head and saved the day! In Luseland against the Mallards in their tiny rink, Blaine playing on one leg due to a ripped groin saved some 70 shots! If it wasn't for him the chances of us having a team was slim. A real character for sure. Thinking of the family in this most difficult time.

  14. John K:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 01:03 PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, I did not know him personally, but I was a huge fan of his during his stint as Boston Bruins goaltender. He was a big inspiration to me as a young goalie and I still have his bruins rookie card to this day. It came as a huge shock to me. Rest in Peace Lachness Monster. May God bless your family.

  15. Old B's fan:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 01:41 PM

    Sorry to hear of Blaine's passing. I grew up in the Boston area and have been a Bruins fan for more than 50 years. It was hard for me to get tickets back then and my first playoff game experience was in May of 1995. A good friend and fan of the NJ Devils invited me down to watch his Devils smoke the Bruins. I took the day off and drove down and watched Blaine Lacher stand on his head in the third period and preserve a playoff win. Neely scored late in the second on the power play and Blaine made it stand up. Something I'll never forget and I hope people appreciate. You don't need to be a superstar to make someone's day. R.I.P

  16. Lynn (Schafer) Dumont:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 02:39 PM

    My deepest condolences to you, Lana, and your family. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  17. Jim and Merle Derzaph:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 02:41 PM

    Irwin, Lana , Faye and family, We are deeply saddened to hear about Blaine's sudden passing. May his memories live in your hearts forever as you try to move ahead in the following days as he watches from above and is now skating with his mom in heaven. Jim and Merle Derzaph

  18. Ed Rodowicz:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 03:03 PM

    I was shocked to hear of Blaine' passing at the young age of 53. Sympathy goes out to his family and friends. I am a die hard Bruins fan and when Blaine came to the team he became one of my favorite Bruins. I got to meet him after the game against the Lightning in St. Petersburg. I had made a big sign that said Lachness Monster and other Bruins names. Fred Knipscher's were sitting next to us and invited us to meet the team after the game. Most of the team signed my big poster including Blaine. He mentioned he saw it during the game. He saw we had a camera and said why don't we get a picture of you and me with the sign! He was so gracious and kind, I will always remember that moment!

    Feb 02, 2024 at 03:32 PM

    So sad! take care up there Blaine
    My condolences to all family & friends xo

  20. Mike:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 08:15 PM

    My condolences to the family. I don’t know if this will mean much but Blaine you were my favorite player on the Bruins when I was a youngster and the sole reason I wore number 31 even as a forward. I’ve been wondering for years where you ended up and was heartbroken today to learn of your passing. The Lach-ness monster will always live on in my house. RIP

  21. Grace MacDougall:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 08:45 PM

    We are sadden to hear of Blaine’s passing. We were neighbours across the back alley to Blaine. He was a reliable neighbour who took pride in his yard. His corner walk was always shovelled no matter what his schedule. We will be praying for your families in these tough times.

  22. Jimy Mathews:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 09:24 PM

    I'm really sorry to hear this sad news. I went to high school with him and he was always very nice to get to know.

  23. Mario La-Mew:
    Feb 02, 2024 at 10:40 PM

    Blaine was a fierce competitor. Made a lot of big saves against some great players. Myself and Jaromir were honored to play against him.

  24. Garry lacher:
    Feb 03, 2024 at 12:43 AM

    All my thoughts and prayers to all of Blaine’s family
    I’ll always remember Don Cherry on national television talk about him and his parents and grandparents and how proud they were of Blaine.

  25. Nicholas Gordoff:
    Feb 03, 2024 at 03:59 AM

    I've been a Bruins fan since 1970. I remember Blaine very well and when he played for the team his rookie season I couldn't believe what an incredible job he was doing. Extraordinary goalie and person (I take it from reading comments here). I'm also on HF (Hockeys Future)Boards and hopefully this is okay but I would love for his family and friends to see what people who loved him here in Boston have to say.
    Here is the link to his page:
    I truly hope that this helps in some way. May He Rest In Peace.

  26. Brendan Fahy:
    Feb 03, 2024 at 12:38 PM

    Expressing my condolences to The Lacher Family all the way from here in Rhode Island, U.S.A.. As a Bruins fan growing up I had the pleasure of watching Blaine play in person when I was a kid. He was a great goalie and had one of the greatest masks in NHL history in my opinion. As a goalie myself, Blaine was certainly a hero of mine. Please know that you folks have a lot of people here in New England praying for and thinking of you and Blaine at this time. I’m so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all!

  27. Cindy Ramsay (Hammel):
    Feb 03, 2024 at 02:20 PM

    On behalf of my brother Harlan and myself we send our sincere condolences to Blaine's family. Rest easy.

  28. Sean Miller:
    Feb 03, 2024 at 02:41 PM

    Grew up with Blaine from 1976 Grade 1 at St. Thomas to 1988 Grade 12 at McCoy High, always was one of your biggest hockey fan….my thoughts are with your family….RIP Lachs

  29. Don Weinberger:
    Feb 03, 2024 at 03:24 PM

    Irwin and family, we are sorry for your LOSS. God Bless. Sincerley, Don and Vera.

  30. Paul Marlatt:
    Feb 03, 2024 at 08:05 PM

    I was the Manager of the Oyen Eagles in 2001 when Steve Pahl said, Blaine Lacher will come play for the Eagles. I said that sounds great & as Super Dave said in a previous post “ he fit right in” with our team. He was very competitive & never put down anyone on the team, always very positive in his approach. He had some of the best one liners that always settled the team down. It was a pleasure knowing you Blaine, may you RIP.
    Condolences to his family. Take care!!

  31. Calvin Leroy Yearwood:
    Feb 03, 2024 at 09:02 PM

    Everything from great movies, to the Peaky Blinders. From being told to "hurry up", and "take less practice swings" on the golf course along with me saying that football "proper football" is the best sport in the world.
    From the banter and "hehee" laugh, to the kind words and the support you gave me when times were hard. Lochs, you will always remain a true friend to me and I will see you down the road. Rest easy my friend.

  32. Chris maloney:
    Feb 04, 2024 at 01:34 PM

    Sorry for your loss

  33. Blaise Maser:
    Feb 04, 2024 at 04:04 PM

    My sincere condolences to Blaine's family and friends.

  34. Niles Derzaph:
    Feb 04, 2024 at 06:16 PM

    Quin, Lana, Faye, and Irwin. Wishing you peace during this time of tremendous loss.
    As I read all the condolences you have received it is easy to see that Blaine was a true inspiration to many.
    His legacy will live on in all of you forever.

  35. Preston Kraushaar:
    Feb 05, 2024 at 10:48 AM

    My condolence's to Blaine's family, I was totally shocked when I heard the news. I was the stick boy when he played in Melville and remember his love for hockey and great friendship. RIP my friend--Slick

  36. Valdine Wheeler:
    Feb 06, 2024 at 06:15 AM

    Oh my goodness! I can’t even imagine what you are all feeling right now. My heart aches for all of you! Blaine is with you today and always and I know the memories will help you through this difficult time.

  37. Marcella Sarahs:
    Feb 06, 2024 at 09:22 AM

    I want to extend my condolences to the Lacher family. I was fortunate to know Blaine when he was in Boston. He was a talented goaltender. More importantly, he was a kind man and good friend. He will be missed.

  38. Jan Hintz:
    Feb 06, 2024 at 12:51 PM

    Irwin, Faye, Lana ,Quin and families. So shocked to hear of Blaine’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. When someone you lose becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. God bless

  39. Rick Sherry Mulhall:
    Feb 06, 2024 at 07:10 PM

    Our heartfelt condolences to Blaine and his family. I played hockey with his dad Irwin in Med Hat, back in the day… I also wired the electrical for Irwin and Sandy’s new home, back about 1976; Blaine was just a youngster at that time. Irwin was also my brother-in-law, Brian Lacher from Swift Current, uncle. I worked for a while in the oil patch for Gabe Lacher, Irwin’s brother. Rest in Peace Blaine.

  40. Lorraine Givens:
    Feb 07, 2024 at 09:34 PM

    When a goodbye is so unexpected and the pain seems unbearable, it is the memories you look forward to along with hope. May these memories ease your pain and bring comfort to your hearts. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Such a great person! Gone to soon. LOVE AND HUGS, Lorraine

  41. Marlene Nadeau:
    Feb 08, 2024 at 11:50 PM

    So sad to hear about Blaine. My heart and prayers go out to you all that God may shower you with many blessings and give you hope and strength to face each new tomorrow. Your memories will be with you forever. Keep them close to your heart and Blaine’s spirit will be with you always as you go on with your own lives in this world. Remember Blaine is not gone forever we are only separated from him for a short time. Life is just a drop in the ocean but Eternity is forever . Quinn-Irwin-Faye-Lana and families.

  42. Thom McCormick:
    Feb 09, 2024 at 07:22 PM

    I don't know what to say other than " you will not be forgotten Blaine". I was blessed to see you play and to be your backup in Kin Hockey. Prayers to all your family as they mourn... What a life.

  43. Keith Murphy:
    Feb 14, 2024 at 06:26 PM

    Blaine was one of a kind and will be missed. He was a pivotal piece to the "Medicine Hat Crew" that played for the Melville Millionaires in the early 90's. I am sure he is standing by his net with his mask up and elbow on the crossbar taking his time having a drink, before the next puck drop. My condolences go out to his family for their loss.


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