Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur dies at age 70

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Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur Dies at Age 70

On Monday‚ April 8‚ the hockey world lost another legendary player: hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur‚ who had a successful career with the Montreal Canadiens during the 1970s. After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame‚ Lafleur underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Unfortunately‚ cancer ultimately took its toll and he died after the operation. However‚ the NHL is honoring the hockey legend by naming him one of the 50 greatest players of all time.

Guy Lafleur helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s

For his contributions to the game of hockey‚ Mr. Lafleur was honored as a three-time Art Ross Trophy winner for his outstanding play. He also won two Hart Trophies‚ one of which is named for the league's best player. He was also awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award three times‚ which he renamed the Ted Lindsay Trophy after winning it three times. In a tribute to Mr. Lafleur‚ NHL commissioner Gary Bettman acknowledged his flair and skill as a player. After being the No. 1 draft pick in the 1971 NHL draft‚ Lafleur was somewhat disappointed in his performance. He played for the Montreal Canadiens until 1974‚ when he started playing like a star. From 1975 to 1979‚ Lafleur had a total of 518 goals and 728 assists in a single season. The Canadian was named playoff MVP four times and led the NHL in points twice. After spending a season in New York‚ Lafleur played two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before joining the Montreal Canadiens in 1971. Lafleur later went on to mentor future star Joe Sakic. Lafleur grew up in Thurso‚ Quebec‚ where he idolized the legendary Montrealer Jean Beliveau. In 1971‚ Lafleur was drafted first overall by the Canadiens. He would go on to win five Stanley Cup titles with the club‚ and his name was honored by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in October. After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988‚ Mr. Lafleur continued to play in the NHL. He played one season for the New York Rangers and then finished his career with the Quebec Nordiques. During the 1978-1980 season‚ the NHL changed its helmet rule and he played without one. This rule was later lifted in 1979.

He underwent quadruple bypass surgery after cancer was discovered

NHL legend Guy Lafleur underwent quadr uple heart surgery after cancer was discovered in September. He underwent the operation in September‚ but the cancer returned in October. The Lafleur family thanked fans for their support‚ and the hockey legend has been monitored by doctors. The family has requested a statement about the additional surgery. A statement from Lafleur's family will be published on the NHL's website. The Canadiens have retired Lafleur's No. 10 sweater‚ which he wore during his career with the team. He wasn't seen in public much following his cancer diagnosis and the recent COVID-19 pandemic. However‚ he received a rousing ovation last season when he was honored by fans at the Bell Centre. In October‚ he had his No. 10 number retired by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The news of Lafleur's death came as a surprise to many fans. He was one of the greatest hockey players in history‚ and one of the most decorated players in NHL history. In fact‚ he was the first player to score 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons. In addition‚ he led the Quebec Remparts to a Memorial Cup victory in 1971.

He died from cancer

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985‚ Guy Lafleur was the first overall pick of the Rangers in the 1971 NHL Draft. During his career‚ he also won the Hart Trophy as the league MVP twice and the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP once. In 1985‚ Lafleur retired from the NHL but came back in 1988 to play with the New York Rangers. In 1989‚ he signed with the Quebec Nordiques and played two seasons there. In September of this year‚ Lafleur was diagnosed with lung cancer. During his heart surgery‚ doctors found that four coronary arteries were completely blocked and a fifth was close to 90 percent blocked. Lafleur had one-third of his lung removed. After his career‚ Lafleur became a Canadian national hero and became a beloved star for the Montreal Canadiens. He compiled 518 goals and 728 assists in 14 seasons with the Canadiens and helped the team win five Stanley Cups. In addition‚ he was a close friend of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‚ who also loved the Canadiens. Lafleur's death comes just a week after fellow hockey legend Mike Bossy passed away from cancer.

He played hockey after being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame‚ Guy Lafleur briefly returned to the game. He played for the New York Rangers and the Quebec Nordiques from 1988 to 1989. Lafleur was one of the greatest players in the league. In 2017‚ he was named one of the 100 greatest players in NHL history. But what about before his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame? After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame‚ Lafleur suffered a heart attack and a stroke. He underwent quadruple-bypass heart surgery. He also had lymph nodes removed. After he underwent his heart surgery‚ Lafleur returned to hockey. He played 1‚126 games and scored 1‚353 points. He was named one of the 100 greatest players of NHL history in 2014. After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame‚ Lafleur returned to the NHL. He made his first appearance in an exhibition game against the Edmonton Oilers in 1988. Lafleur was praised by Mark Messier and Phil Esposito‚ who signed him to a one-year contract. He came on ice to a standing ovation and chants of Guy‚ Guy! from fans. Against Patrick Roy‚ Lafleur scored twice and was named first star of the game. After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame‚ Lafleur played for one season with the New York Rangers before joining the Quebec Nordiques. In the same organization‚ he mentored future star Joe Sakic. The two players played together in the NHL for 14 seasons. The NHL team voted Lafleur the NHL's playoff MVP in 1977.