NHL legend, Guy Lafleur, passed away after battling cancer at the age of 70. Lafleur was a great player with statistics few had, and there remains a great deal of sadness and emptiness after his death. John Davidson spoke of him: “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”.
NHL Commissioner expressed his condolence
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has expressed his condolences in these difficult times for the Lafleur family. He talked about his greatness and talent. Lafleur left a big mark and it is certain that everyone will remember him as one of the greatest.
"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.
"Throughout the treatment period, the entire team and I were marked by his great generosity, courage, calm and resilience," said Dr. Mustapha Tehfe, hematologist-oncologist at the CHUM, as quoted by Montreal, ctv news.
"Rest in peace, Mr. Lafleur." "All members of the Canadiens organization are devastated by his passing," said Geoff Molson, president of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club. "Guy Lafleur had an exceptional career and always remained simple, accessible and close to the Habs and hockey fans in Quebec, Canada and around the world."
“You didn’t need to see Guy Lafleur’s name and number on his sweater when ‘The Flower’ had the puck on his stick. 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," Gary Battman said.