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Guy Lafleur’s death: an emotional weekend

OTTAWA | Thoughts of Guy Lafleur and his family continued the day after his death was announced. On both the senators ‘side and the Canadiens’ side, the death of the blond demon brought several memories to the surface.

MARTIN ST-LOUIS

“I don’t know about the players, but I spent the evening watching Guy Lafleur’s highlights.” I, my coaching team, feel it and the whole province feels it. Today and tomorrow will be an emotional night. The guy deserves to be thought and felt. »

DAVID SAVARD

“It’s someone who has stayed in the public eye and who continues to help the community. He was a great hockey player, but also a great person. It is a great loss for us. »

Guy Lafleur | 1951-2022

March 30, 1991 – A standing ovation for Guy Lafleur during his last forum match in the Nordiques jersey. Archivy / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur over the years with The Canadian Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur André Toto Gingras MONTREAL JOURNAL / QMI AGENCY

The Canadian Hockey Club presents the Guy-Lafleur Excellence and Merit Awards for the years 2017-2018 CHANTAL POIRIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL

Guy Lafleur during the final match of his farewell tour at the Bell Center on Sunday, December 5, 2010. Sébastien St-Jean / 24Heures / QMI Agency

September 11, 1971 – On the eve of his first training camp with the Montreal Canadiens, Guy Lafleur took the opportunity to skate for the first time at the Forum Ice Rink. He is pictured with Jean Béliveau. Archivy / Le Journal de Montreal

Signed photograph by Guy Lafleur in his Courtoisie Quebec Remparts uniform

Guy Lafleur during the evening to download Guy Lafleur No. 4 at the Slush Puppie Center in Gatineau on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 MARTIN CHEVALIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL

Guy Lafleur and his banner during the evening for Guy Lafleur’s departure at number 4 at the Slush Puppie Center in Gatineau on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 MARTIN CHEVALIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL

Guy Lafleur’s last match with the Quebec Nordiques in Montreal on March 30, 1991 Les archives / Le Journal de Montreal

Bronze statue by Guy Lafleur Les archives / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur, Pee-Wee Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament Collection, Modern Photography Fund

Guy Lafleur, Pee-Wee Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament Collection, Modern Photography Fund

Guy Lafleur and Art Ross, Conn Smythe and Lester B. Pearson Trophies, Montreal Forum, 1976 Denis Brodeur / NHLI via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur, then a member of Team Canada, signs autographs during training for the Canadian Cup, Montreal 1976 Denis Brodeur / NHLI via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur and goalkeeper Murray Bannerman No. 30 of the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Forum 1980 Denis Brodeur / NHLI via Getty Images

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Guy Lafleur and Mike Palmateer Dick Darrell / Toronto Star via Getty Images

March 7, 1975 – Guy Lafleur became the first player in Canadiens history to score 100 points in a single season for an 8: 4 win over the Washington Capitals Les Archives / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur on the bench during Match 3 against the Boston Bruins, Boston Gardens, 1977 Dick Raphael / Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Announcement of Guy Lafleur’s first retirement Les Archives / Le Journal de Montréal

QMJHL retires to Guy Lafleur’s No. 4 at the Videotron Center in Quebec, Thursday, October 28, 2021 STEVENS LEBLANC / JOURNAL DE QUÉBEC / AGENCE QMI

“He was bigger than hockey. I remember seeing it when I was young, at every opportunity. He traveled across Quebec and touched young people, those who did not have the opportunity to see him play. »

JOEL EDMUNDSON

“It was sad news for Montreal and everyone in hockey.” I’ve never met him, but I’ve only heard good things about him. I heard he was better as a human being than as a hockey player. And we know how good he was on the ice. »

DJ SMITH, OTTAWA SENATORS HEAD COACH

“I saw Guy Lafleur play, but with the Rangers.” He was not exactly the same player. On the other hand, I saw a package of highlights. It’s amazing how good he was. Yesterday a friend sent me a video honoring Lafleur. Looking at how much he played with passion and emotion, a chill runs down his spine.

“You’ll forget how good he and Mike Bossy were as you watch them shoot straight paddles. One wonders what level they would be if they evolved in our time with the current equipment. It was an important Canadian monument and many Canadian locals support it. We are going to pay tribute to a great player who was a favorite of many. »