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Canadiens Daily: Outpouring of Love for Canadiens’ Guy Lafleur



Guy Lafleur

Usually this post is reserved for all the Montreal Canadiens and NHL links of the day and evening before. However, today as we still mourn the passing of Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur passing on Friday, let’s look back at the outpouring of love for Lafleur that is still flowing and will forever.

Almost within minutes of the saddening news breaking that Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur had passed away from cancer at the age of 70 Friday, the tributes and love started pouring in on social media and on the airwaves. As our own Marco D’Amico pointed out, as if it wasn’t evident enough while Lafleur was alive, it was reenforced ten-fold as news of his passing spread online and through Montreal, the city that loved him so dearly, and it didn’t stop there.

Here’s the original tweet from the Montreal Canadiens on the passing of Guy Lafleur, the team’s record holder in assists (728), points (1246), single-season points (136), and single-season goal totals (60):

Later in the day, Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis spoke to the media about losing his hero and the man that inspired him to become an eventual hall of fame hockey player:

Lafleur’s longtime teammate and one of his best friends, former Canadiens defenceman Larry Robinson sent his condolences as well. According to longtime Montreal media and radio personality Mitch Melnick of TSN 690, Robinson was understandably too emotional to join a list of Canadiens greats that spoke on the station throughout the day.

Within hours of the news of Guy Lafleur passing breaking, Canadiens fans began flocking to the statue of the hall of famer outside of the Bell Centre, leaving flowers, notes and signs of their love and appreciation for all he did for them and the city.

The Montreal Canadiens were even live-tweeting the Lafleur tributes and love from Twitter.

Around the NHL, it was clear how much Lafleur meant to not only the Montreal Canadiens family but to the entire NHL and hockey world.

‘The Great One’ Wayne Gretzky mourned his second former Team Canada teammate in a week after Mike Bossy passed away exactly one week before.

Lafleur’s fame and magic wasn’t limited to just North America either.

One of Lafleur’s other former teams, the New York Rangers chimed in as well.

Even the Prime Minister of Canada and Montreal native was shook by the loss of Guy Lafleur.

The team that Guy Lafleur tortured the most during his run of greatness in the 1970’s, the Boston Bruins still holds the utmost respect for him.

Same goes for another rival.


The most touching tribute so far, came from the NHL Alumni Association, who Guy Lafleur was a proud member of. The montage was done by Tim Thompson, who once again nails it!




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