Hockey Hall of Famer, Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur dies at age 70
A cause of death was not immediately known, but Lafleur had been diagnosed with lung cancer, the Associated Press reported.
An outpouring of messages remembering the legend from the hockey community were posted on social media Friday.
The No. 1 pick in the 1971 NHL draft, Lafleur registered 518 goals and 728 assists in 14 seasons with Montreal. With the flashy forward leading the way, the Canadiens won it all in 1973, and then four more times from 1976 to 1979.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a noted Canadiens fan, said Lafleur was “unlike anyone else on the ice.”
Nicknamed “The Flower,” LaFleur was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019 when tumors were discovered by doctors performing emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a noted Canadiens fan, said Lafleur was "unlike anyone else on the ice.
One of the greatest players of his generation, Lafleur registered 518 goals and 728 assists in 14 seasons with Montreal.