NHL Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur dies at 70

ABC News reports that Guy Lafleur, the National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Famer, has died at the age of 70. 

The cause of Lafleur’s passing has yet to be revealed. However, it is known that Lafluer experienced health troubles in recent years.

In September 2019, Lafleur had quadruple bypass heart surgery, and, a few months later, in November 2019, Lafluer underwent another surgery to remove a lobe on one of his lungs and lymph nodes. It turned out that Lafluer had lung cancer, and although the surgery was successful, the lung cancer ended up returning in October 2020.

Still, it is unknown whether or not these health issues caused or played a role in Lafleur’s death.

Remember Lafleur

The Montreal Canadiens, the NHL team for which Lafleur played, released a statement following his passing.

The statement reads:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Guy Lafleur. All members of the Canadiens organization are devastated by his passing. Guy Lafleur had an exceptional career and always remained simple, accessible, and close to the Habs and hockey fans in Quebec, Canada and around the world. Throughout his career, he allowed us to experience great moments of collective pride. He was one of the greatest players in our organization while becoming an extraordinary ambassador for our sport.

The Canadiens go on to say that “Guy Lafleur is part of the Canadiens’ family and the organization will provide all the necessary support to the members of his family and his close circle of friends during this extremely difficult time.”

The organization concludes, “on behalf of the Molson family, and all members of the Club de hockey Canadien organization, I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Lise, his sons Martin and Mark, his mother Pierrette Lafleur, his grand-daughter Sienna-Rose, and his sisters Lise, Gisèle, Suzanne and Lucie.”

Lafleur’s career

Lafleur was the number one draft pick of the NHL’s 1971 draft. He was chosen by the Canadiens, the team for whom he would go on to play for 14 straight seasons.

Over the course of those seasons, Lafleur established himself as one of the greatest hockey players of his generation. His stats included 518 goals and 728 assists. These numbers helped the Canadiens to win five Stanley Cups, including four straight from 1976 to 1979.

Lafleur chose to retire after the 1984-85 season, but he wasn’t done with hockey just yet. He made a return in 1988 with the New York Rangers. Then, he played another two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before deciding to end his career for good.

Lafleur’s passing comes about a week after the passing of Mike Bossy, another NHL Hall of Famer.

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