While Joe Sakic began his career in Nordiques, Guy Lafleur decided to complete his career in Quebec. Colorado Avalanche’s general manager had only good words for the person he called a mentor a few hours after his death.
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Lafleur joined the Nordiques in the 1989-90 season. It was the second campaign for Sakica, then 20 years old. Both men were also roommates for two years before the “blonde Demon” finally retired.
“Guy was a legend in every sense of the word and an icon for a generation of hockey fans not only in Quebec, but throughout Canada,” Sakic wrote in a statement sent to the media. He was one of my favorite players when I was growing up. Later, having the chance to play with him and be his roommate during his last two NHL seasons for the Nordiques is something I will respect forever. ”
“He was an exceptional person, teammate and mentor. When I was a young hockey player, he taught me so many lessons and I am grateful for every moment we spent together during those two years. On behalf of Colorado Avalanche, I would like to express our thoughts and condolences to the entire Lafleur family. Rest in peace, Guy. “
These lessons undoubtedly created the players that Sakic became. He imitated Lafleur and became one of the best players in the history of the circuit. He scored a total of 625 goals and 1641 points in 1378 matches. Sakic is the ninth best scorer in the history of the league. “Flower” is 29. with 560 goals and 1353 points in 1126 matches.