Guy Lafleur, Canadiens legend and five-time Stanley Cup champion, dies at 70

Montreal Canadiens famous winger Guy Lafleur passed away following a fight with lung cancer, his household revealed on Friday. He was 70. Lafleur had actually been going through treatment for lung cancer because September 2019 when a malignant area was found on his lung after having quadruple coronary bypass carried out.

Lafleur is among the most embellished gamers in NHL history. He was the very first gamer to score 50 objectives in 6 successive seasons and tape-recorded 100 points in 6 successive seasons.

“Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, Lafleur was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the League’s Centennial celebration in 2017. He remained adored in Quebec throughout his post-playing days, signing autographs for hours at countless appearances as a franchise ambassador, having forged a special and enduring bond with the fans of his home province and adopted city,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated in a declaration. “The National Hockey League mourns the passing of the iconic Guy Lafleur.”

The Canadiens winger was chosen with the No. 1 choice in the 1971 NHL Draft and was anticipated to be the face of the franchise after famous center Jean Béliveau retired following the 1970-71 season. He measured up to the buzz. Lafleur, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, invested 14 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Canadiens and assisted the franchise win 5 Stanley Cups in the 1970s.

The Canadiens legend won the Art Ross Trophy (most points) 3 times while likewise winning the Hart Trophy (MVP) on 2 various events. In 1977, Lafleur won the Conn Smythe Trophy throughout the 1977 playoffs as he signed up 26 points (9 objectives and 17 helps) in 14 video games. 

Lafleur will decrease as one of the most respected objective scorers in the history of the sport. He still sits atop the Canadiens’ all-time list in routine season points (1,246), helps (728) and single season points (136). Lafleur likewise had the most 40-goal, 50-goal and 100-point seasons) in franchise history while signing up a Canadiens record 13 game-winning objectives in a single season and 94 throughout his profession.

On Nov. 26, 1984, Lafleur revealed his retirement from the sport. Just one year later on, the Canadiens retired his No. 10, ending up being simply the 6th gamer in franchise history to make that difference. 

Following his Hall of Fame induction in 1988, Lafleur in fact came out of retirement the really exact same year and played 3 more seasons with the New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques. Following the 1990-91 season, Lafleur chose to retire for great.

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