The Montreal Canadiens will join Quebec Premier François Legault and all of Quebec in honouring legend Guy Lafleur with a full state funeral on May 3.
The Premier announced on Sunday morning that, like Maurice Richard and Jean Béliveau, Lafleur would be getting his own state funeral and it is set to take place next week. The Premier announced that Lafleur will be on display at the Bell Centre on May 1 from noon to 8 pm and then again on May 2 from 10:30 am to 3 pm.
The passing of The Flower is a huge loss to the Montreal Canadiens fan base, the organization, and the people of Quebec as a whole. He was genuinely appreciated by everyone in the province for his contributions on the ice, how he represented the French-Canadian community and his generous philanthropic endeavours after his playing career.
Avec l’accord de la famille, Guy Lafleur aura des funérailles nationales. Elles auront lieu le mardi 3 mai, 11h, à la cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde. Le #10 reposera en chapelle ardente au Centre Bell le dimanche 1er mai, de 12h à 20h, et le lundi 2 mai, de 10h30 à 15h.
— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 24, 2022
The famous #10 for the Montreal Canadiens holds most of the team’s records, such as assists (728), points (1246), single-season points (136), and single-season goal totals (60). He was the club’s last true offensive superstar and was remembered fondly by the fan base for his flair for the dramatic and his clutch goal-scoring, especially during the Canadiens’ dynasty years in the 1970s.
Le Démon Blond won the Stanley Cup five times between 1973 and 1979 with the Montreal Canadiens. He also added three Art Ross Trophies (1976,1977,1978), two Hart Memorial Trophies (1977,1978), three Lester B. Pearson Awards (1976,1977,1978) and one Conn Smythe Trophy (1977) in his career. In 1985, Lafleur had his #10 retired, being only the fifth player in franchise history at the time to receive such an honour. All these accolades earned him a surefire induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, being one of the most electric players in the NHL during his tenure in the league.
Montreal Hockey Now would like to extend his family, friends and all the hockey community their sincere condolences in this time of grieving.