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Guy Lafleur Is At Peace

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens — and hockey fans — have sadly lost another legend.

Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, 70, has passed away after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced on Friday.

The Canadiens have won a record 24 Stanley Cups and 59 players make up the team’s Ring of Honour at the Bell Centre, but there are three legends who stand above all the rest: Jean Béliveau, Maurice (Rocket) Richard and Lafleur.

When the late, great Red Fisher wrote a feature series in the Montreal Gazette in 2005 ranking the top 10 players he had watched during his own Hall of Fame career, Béliveau was No. 1, Richard was No. 2 and Lafleur was No. 3.

No three hockey players ever have or ever will have a bigger impact on the Canadiens franchise or the province of Quebec. They made the Canadiens the “Flying Frenchmen” and the best franchise in the NHL.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/22/22 at 08:22 AM ET

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The Hockey Gods have been very unkind this year. 

Lafleur was a generational talent of my youth.  That run in the late 1970’s was pretty special and he was the engine that was the finishing touch on many of those victories.  I remember him winning the Conn Smythe trophy, and seems like he was MVP every year, but he only won 2 Hart trophies. 

They just don’t make em anymore like The Flower.

May he rest in peace, may his family be blessed and condolences to the fans of the HABS in particular and NHL in general.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 04/22/22 at 09:35 AM ET

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from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Guy Lafleur, a cornerstone of the Montreal Canadiens dynasty in the 1970s and one of the most electrifying players in NHL history, died Friday following a nearly three-year battle with cancer. He was 70.

Lafleur died in a palliative care center in the suburbs of Montreal, not far from his home.

A sparkling jewel in the Canadiens’ glory-days crown with the late Maurice “Rocket” Richard and late Jean Beliveau, Lafleur was the top junior player in Canada after scoring 130 goals in his final season with the Quebec Remparts when the Canadiens made him the No. 1 pick in the 1971 NHL Draft. Not since Beliveau 20 years earlier had a young player’s arrival been as eagerly anticipated. That he was viewed as the team’s next great French-Canadian star only added to the pressure, Beliveau having retired at the end of the 1970-71 season.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/22/22 at 10:16 AM ET

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So many games at the Olympia watching the Wings and Habs. All the greatest players of 2 generations. From Guy Lafleur the original Flower and Ken Dryden. From Gordie Howe and Jean Beliveau to Ivan Cornyer and Henri Richard. We are very fortunate to have been born when we were. The best of the best from a different era, and we saw them all.

Rest In Peace Mr. Lafleur. My sincere condolences to the Lafleur family, and friends, and all HABS fans.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/22/22 at 04:23 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

What a week or so for Hockey. As a kid I just loved hearing and saying his name!

Of course watching him play. 70 is too young, just like Bossy, too young. Rest in peace Guy and Thank you for the memories.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/22/22 at 11:11 PM ET

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