Demers will have to wait for latest surgery

Former NHL coach Jacques Demers will need to undergo a hernia surgery. (Pierre Vidricaire/QMI...

Former NHL coach Jacques Demers will need to undergo a hernia surgery. (Pierre Vidricaire/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

MONTREAL Canadian senator Jacques Demers will need to undergo another surgery.

The former Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques hockey coach was told by his doctor Friday he needed a hernia operation.

But Canadiens head doctor David Mulder told Demers he would have to wait until his current health improves before undergoing the procedure.

Dr. Mulder told me we had to wait until I was fully healed from my other surgery in July, the senator told QMI Agency.

Ive got to wait another three to six months.

Despite a slew of recent health problems, the former coach seemed upbeat.

I must confess I lack energy but my friends tell me I sound fine over the phone, he quipped.

A notorious hard worker, Demers has been having a hard time resting as much as he should.

I spent three days at the Senate this week, he said. I could no longer stand the sight of the walls of my house. I drove myself to Ottawa and it wasnt wise. It was too much. My second surgery really weakened me.

Demers underwent two surgeries earlier this year one for a hernia operation and another for complications relating to the first procedure.

He lost an estimated 40 lbs since June.