Guy Damien Lafleur, also known as “The Flower” and Le Démon Blond, was a Canadian professional ice hockey player.
Born on September 20, 1951, in Kirkland, Quebec.
During the 1971 draft, Guy was the 1st overall pick. He was picked by Montreal Canadiens. He played the right-wing position throughout his career.
He was the first player in National Hockey League (NHL) history to score 50 goals in six consecutive seasons with 50 goals and 100 points in six seasons consecutively. He is the all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history.
On February 16, 1985, the Montreal Canadiens retired his sweater number. He got inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Lafleur was ranked number 11 on The Hockey News list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players in 1998. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players by the NHL as part of its centennial celebration.
There is a statue of him at the entrance of the Bell Centre in Montreal.
He was married to Lisa Lafleur. They had two sons together.
Guy died at age 70 on April 22, 2022. His cause of death was lung cancer which began in 2019.
When Did Guy Lafleur Retire?
Guy Lafleur retired in 1991. He finished his career by playing two seasons with the Canadiens.
He initially retired from the NHL in 1985, at age 33. This was he was denied a trade request by the Canadiens. He returned in 1988 after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.