Guy Lafleur, the legendary NHL hockey player who marked an era in the sport, has died at the age of 70. The cause of death is lung cancer, which Lafleur has been fighting for a long time. John Davidson, also a legendary player spoke of how important and good Lafleur was.
“He loved to shoot high on the glove side, and it was a dangerous shot, downright scary,” John Davidson said, as quoted by nytimes. “When he got the puck at the blue line at the old Montreal Forum and headed up the ice, you could feel the rush.
You’d feel the people make noise, and that noise would get louder and louder, and the people would stand, whether he scored or not”. Lafleur's statistics are phenomenal and say enough about how important a player he was to his team and how successful his career was.
Many records are behind him, and Guy left a big mark.
Gery Bettman statement
There are many messages of condolence and support for his family. "You didn't need to see Guy Lafleur's name and number on his sweater when 'The Flower' had the puck on his stick," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said for NHL.com.
"As distinctively stylish as he was remarkably talented, Lafleur cut a dashing and unmistakable figure whenever he blazed down the ice of the Montreal Forum, his long blond locks flowing in his wake as he prepared to rifle another puck past a helpless goaltender -- or set up a linemate for a goal.
"Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, Lafleur was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the League's Centennial celebration in 2017. He remained adored in Quebec throughout his post-playing days, signing autographs for hours at countless appearances as a franchise ambassador, having forged a special and enduring bond with the fans of his home province and adopted city.
The National Hockey League mourns the passing of the iconic Guy Lafleur and sends its deepest condolences to his wife, Lise; his sons, Martin and Mark; his mother, Pierrette; his granddaughter, Sienna Rose; his four sisters and the entire Lafleur family; and the millions of hockey fans he thrilled."