Guy Lafleur dies at 70; led Canadiens to five Stanley Cup titles

Guy Lafleur, the flashy high-scoring Hall of Fame winger from the Montreal Canadiens’ 1970s dynasty, has died. He was 70.

Those Canadiens teams were loaded with Hall of Famers in net, on defense, at forward and behind the bench, but Lafleur was easily recognizable for his flowing hair as he sped down the ice and for his dominance on the scoresheet.

“Everyone wanted to grow their hair long, with no helmet, and skate fast over the blue line,” said former NHL defenseman Steve Duchene, who grew up admiring Lafleur.

Lafleur revealed in October 2020 that his lung cancer came back. He had surgery in November 2019 to remove a lobe and lymph nodes, about two months after he had quadruple-bypass surgery.

“You didn’t need to see Guy Lafleur’s name and number on his sweater when ‘The Flower’ had the puck on his stick,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement Friday. “As distinctively stylish as he was remarkably talented, Lafleur cut a dashing and unmistakable figure whenever he blazed down the ice of the Montreal Forum, his long blond locks flowing in his wake as he prepared to rifle another puck past a helpless goaltender – or set up a linemate for a goal.”

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