Guy Lafleur dies at 70

MONTREAL (April 22, 2022) – The entire Montreal Canadiens organization mourns the death of their ambassador and legendary Hall of Famer Guy LaFleur, who has passed away at the age of 70.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Guy Lafleur. All members of our organization are deeply touched by his passing. Guy Lafleur has had an exceptional career and has always remained simple, accessible and close to fans and hockey fans in Quebec, Canada and around the world. Throughout his career, he has allowed us to experience great moments of collective pride. He was one of the greatest players in our organization and also became an outstanding representative of our sport,” said Jeff Molson, President and Owner of Club de Hockey Canadien.

“Guy Lafleur is part of our extended family of Canadians and the organization will lend all its support to his family members and those around him during these extremely difficult times. On behalf of the Molson family and all members of the Canadian Hockey Organization, I offer my most sincere condolences to his wife Lisa, his sons Martin and Mark, his mother Pierrette Lafleur and his granddaughter Sienna-Rose. as well as her sisters Lisa, Giselle, Suzanne and Lucy,” added Mr. Molson.

Details of upcoming events will be announced soon.

Born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec, Guy Damien Lafleur has become one of the greatest legends in the history of the Montreal Canadiens and the National Hockey League. Like Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau, he is one of the greatest stars to have played for the most legendary franchises.

The best junior in the country, Lafleur ended his career in the junior ranks at the top. His Quebec Remparts won the Memorial Cup in 1971, when the young Thurso skater was already an icon of the Quebec sports scene, scoring 130 goals and 209 points during his final campaign as a junior.

Just as Frank Selke did 20 years ago with Beliveau, managing director Sam Pollock has gone to great lengths to make the dream scenario come true, trading several talented players to ensure the young prodigy makes his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens.

LaFleur scored 29 goals in his rookie season in 1971-72, 28 goals the following year, which was his first Stanley Cup year, and then 21 goals in his third campaign.

Nicknamed “The Flower” by his teammates, LaFleur flourished in the 1974-75 season, scoring at least 53 goals and assisting with 66. Now known as Demon Blond, LaFleur has evolved into the hottest player on the track.

As the Canadiens had their best run since the 1950s, winning four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979, Lafleur set an example both in his scoring skills and strength of character. Nothing is more important than hockey, and Lafleur’s only goal was to lead his team to victory game after game.

Putting on his gear and getting ready to jump onto the ice hours before games began, LaFleur’s prowess, crashing blade after blade from his zone into opponent territory, ended up on one of the television sports bulletins across America night after night. It was the same with the countless scenes of jubilation that followed his success in six consecutive campaigns of 50 goals or more, peaking at 60 goals in 1977-78.

LaFleur has amassed a significant amount of individual honors from his five Stanley Cup wins. From 1976 to 1978, after three consecutive seasons, he won the Art Ross Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top scorer, and the Lester-B. Pearson Trophy, awarded by his peers to the league’s most valuable player.

In the spring of 1977, LaFleur won the first of two consecutive Hart Trophies, an award that came along with the NHL’s Most Valuable Player award. His 26 points in the playoffs also earned him the Conn-Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Shortly after the start of the 1984/85 season, LaFleur took the hockey world by surprise by announcing his retirement. He finished his career with 518 regular season goals, second only to Maurice Richard with 544 goals. His 728 assists and 1,246 points in regular season games are the most in Canadiens history.

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 after the Canadiens retired his number 10 jersey, LaFleur returned the following season with the New York Rangers and then the Quebec Nordiques until 1990-1991. years. He thus became the second player after Gordie Howe to play in the NHL after being elected to the Hall of Fame.

Following his final retirement, LaFleur was named an ambassador for the Montreal Canadiens. For nearly four decades, he has been a regular presence at games and community events associated with the team. He left behind a huge legacy that future generations will remember, and his statue outside the Bell Center is tangible proof of the impact he had on the team, the province and hockey.