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National funeral in honor of Guy Lafleur

Hockey player Guy Lafleur, the “people’s idol,” has died. Quebec mourns the death of the Blond Demon, who will be entitled to a state funeral.

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“Number 10 will remain in our collective memory forever,” Prime Minister François Legault told a news conference on Friday afternoon.

The legendary hockey player died Thursday night at the age of 70 from lung cancer.

Photo agency QMI, Maxime Deland

At Friday’s press conference in Montreal, Quebec Prime Minister François Legault announced the organization of a state funeral for Guy Lafleur. He hopes that the people of Quebec can say goodbye to one of their heroes.

Signs of his influence outside the sport are evidence witnessing throughout the province, in Montreal and Quebec, where he played in the National Hockey League, and in Thurso, his home village.

In order to pay the last tribute to this “giant”, François Legault announced the organization of a national funeral.

“It simply came to our notice then. It’s normal for these people to say goodbye to Guy Lafleur, “he said.

Negotiations are underway with the family to find out the details.

Like the other two idols

At state funerals, in addition to the ceremony from dawn to dusk, flags are raised at half-mast.

Two other Quebec hockey heroes were entitled to this honor: Maurice Richard in 2000 and Jean Béliveau in 2014.

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The Minister responsible for Outaouais, Mathieu Lacombe, and the Mayor of Thurso, Benoit Lauzon, have called for the renaming of Route 50, which crosses Thurso, to the Guy-Lafleur motorway.

“We are open to making a gesture to identify this great hero,” François Legault confirmed.

Photo agency QMI, Maxime Deland

However, Autoroute 50, the main road link between the greater Montreal and Gatineau areas, is considered one of the most dangerous in Quebec.

In 2000, the idea arose to rename this highway in honor of Maurice Richard.

condolence book

In order to be able to gather all the honors in one place, a condolence register is available on the Québec.ca website, which will be passed on to the family later.

“Any Quebec who wants to can write a quick message to Guy Lafleur,” François Legault said.

I am sad to hear this message.

I wish Guy Lafleur and all his loved ones good luck in passing this test.

My thoughts are with you. https://t.co/wVaQBY4xSg

– François Legault (@francoislegault) October 7, 2020

– With Marc-André Gagnon, Parliamentary