Famous Canadian hockey player Guy Lafleur has died after a long battle with lung cancer. The five-time winner of the Stanley and Montreal Cup was 70 years old. Her sister reported the former attacker’s death on Facebook.
Lafleur played for Montreal from 1971-1985 and, in addition to five Stanley Cups in the Canadiens, won the Hart Trophy twice for being the most useful player in the NHL. He was also once voted the best hockey player in the playoffs. He was the first player in the history of the tournament to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons. He was also one of the last to play without a helmet.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Guy Lafleur’s death. All Canadians are devastated by his departure. He has had an outstanding career and has remained natural, close to Habs and hockey fans in Quebec, Canada and around the world,” the Montreal Club said. President Geoff Molson said in a statement. “He was one of the biggest players in our club and at the same time he became an extraordinary ambassador of our sport.”
He first finished his career in 1985, but returned three years later to join the New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques. When Lafleur finished definitively in 1991, he had 1,126 NHL matches and 1,353 points (560 + 793). Even before his reappearance, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988.
He has represented Canada twice in the Canadian Cup, where he celebrated victory with the team in 1976.
In 2019, Lafleur underwent surgery where doctors removed her lobe from her lungs and lymph nodes. A few months later, he was quadrupled bypass during heart surgery. The cancer came back to him years before last.
Canadian hockey lost another legend in a short time. Striker Mike Bossy also died last week at the age of 65 after battling cancer.