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Monday, December 05, 2022

Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur dies at 70 – Nation World News

MONTREAL – Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at the age of 70.

1 pick in the 1971 NHL Draft, Lafleur recorded 518 goals and 728 assists in 14 seasons with Montreal. With a lucrative forward, the Canadiens won it all in 1973, and then four more times from 1976 to 1979.

Canadian President Geoff Molson said the organization was devastated.

“Guy LaFleur has had an extraordinary career and has always been simple, accessible and close to Hobbs and hockey fans in Quebec, Canada and around the world,” Molson said in a statement. “Throughout his career, he has allowed us to experience great moments of collective pride. He was one of the greatest players in our organization by becoming an exceptional ambassador for our sport.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a famous Canadian fan, said Lafleur was “unlike anyone else on ice”.

“His pace, skill and scoring was hard to believe,” Trudeau posted on Twitter. “A record-setter and five-time Stanley Cup champion, he inspired countless Quebecers, Canadians and hockey fans around the world.

“We will miss you, No. 10.”

Nicknamed “The Flower” in 2019, LaFleur was diagnosed with lung cancer after the tumor was discovered by doctors performing emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Two months later, he went under the knife again to remove both his upper lobes of his lungs and lymph nodes.

However, Lafleur received the bad news in October 2020 that the cancer had returned, forcing her to restart her treatment.

“I get immunotherapy the first three weeks, and then in the fourth week I have major chemo,” Lafleur said in an interview with the Canadian Press in November.

“It’s chemotherapy that really hurts you badly.”

LaFleur’s family issued a statement earlier this month thanking fans for their sympathy and the “spring of love” showed the Canadiens to be great, saying they were being closely monitored by doctors and never Sometimes there was an examination in the hospital, but he was at home.

LaFleur, who retired from the NHL in 1985, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 after their request for a trade to Montreal was denied. But he returned later that year with the New York Rangers and played two more seasons. Quebec Nordic before hanging up his skates for good in 1991.

“You didn’t need to see Guy LaFleur’s name and number on his sweater when ‘The Flower’ had the puck on it,” NHL commissioner Gary Bateman said in a statement. “As remarkably stylish as he was remarkably talented, Lafleur cut a sharp and unmistakable figure blazing the ice of the Montreal Forum, his long blond locks flowing into his wake as he swung into a hapless goalkeeper’s head.” Another puck behind was ready to rifle – or a linemate to set a target.”

Named one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players of All Time in 2017, Lafleur finished his 17 seasons in 1,126 games with 560 goals and 793 assists.

He holds the Canadiens’ all-time record for assists and points. He scored at least 50 times in six straight campaigns from 1974–75 to 1979–80.

Lafleur won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer for three consecutive years from 1976 to 1978, the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1977 and 1978, and the Conn Smith Trophy as playoff MVP in 1977.

“As a boy in Montreal, Guy was larger than life to me,” fellow Hall of Fame forward Mario Lemieux said in a statement. “I idolized him as a player, I respected him as a person, and always cherished him as a friend. He will be missed.”

Lafleur underwent his quadruple bypass surgery in September 2019, after it was discovered that four of his coronary arteries were completely blocked, and the fifth closed at close to 90 percent during a routine medical examination to renew his helicopter pilot’s license. was done.

Once the cancer was detected, two months later doctors removed a third of his right lung.

A chain smoker until those health scares last, Lafleur was partnering with Merck Canada to raise awareness about lung cancer detection as part of their “Be the MVP” campaign.

“There aren’t many people who have a chance to grab it from the start,” Lafleur said in his November interview with CP. “When most people find out, it’s stage 4.

“It’s not too late, because there are miracles out there, and there are people who survive.”

Lafleur, who retired his 10th sweater by the Canadiens in 1985, hasn’t gone out in public in recent years following his cancer diagnosis and the COVID-19 pandemic, but did applaud at Bell Center during a thunderstorm in Montreal. Impossible run in last season’s cup final.

His number was also retired by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in October.

“I’ve been stuck at home for most of 2019,” Lafleur said in November. “Mentally, it is tough. Hopefully I will overcome this and come out of it with a win.

“This is hope for everyone who has cancer.”

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