Canadian ice hockey legend Guy Lafleur dies aged 70

Canadian ice hockey legend Guy Lafleur dies aged 70

Canadian ice hockey legend Guy Lafleur dies aged 70
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Guy Lafleur, dubbed “The Flower” and “The Blond Demon” during his 1970s era with the Montreal Canadiens, died of lung cancer Friday at the age of 70, according to his family.

The announcement sparked a flood of condolences, including one from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who described him as “unlike anyone else on the ice.”

“His speed, skill, and scoring were hard to believe. A record-setter and a five-time Stanley Cup champion, he inspired countless Quebecers, Canadians, and hockey fans around the world. We’ll miss you, Number 10,” Trudeau tweeted.

“Guy, I love you, you are done suffering, we will miss you so much,” wrote Lise Lafleur, his sister, on Facebook.

Lafleur remains one of the most prolific scorers to ever play with the Canadiens, scoring 518 goals — a feat topped only by Maurice Richard with 544.

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He helped propel the club to the top of the National Hockey League (NHL), winning the Stanely Cup five times.

He became the first player to score 50 goals in a single NHL season — and between 1975 and 1980, he repeated the feat five times.

But he surprised everyone by retiring from the game in 1984 at the age of 33.

He made a comeback a few years later with the New York Rangers and then in Quebec City with the Nordiques.

Known for being a bon vivant, he often made headlines. In 1981, he was involved in a serious car accident after falling asleep at the wheel after a night of drinking.

Born in Thurso, 95 miles (150 kilometers) west of Montreal — where a bronze monument is erected in his honor — Lafleur was already a huge star in his youth.

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Canadian ice hockey legend Guy Lafleur dies aged 70

With the Quebec Remparts, he was named the best junior player in the country, scoring over 100 goals per season.

For Quebec Premier Francois Legault, he “will remain forever engraved in our collective memory.”

“Guy Lafleur was not just an exceptional field hockey player, he was also a man who was outspoken. He was very accessible, very humble and generous,” he continued on Facebook.

“The entire Montreal Canadiens organization is mourning the loss,” tweeted the club.

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