Apr 22, 2022

By Jane Brown

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Canadian hockey royalty, one of the best ever to put on skates and play the game, Guy Lafleur has died.

Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, 70, has passed away after undergoing treatment for lung cancer, his family announced on Friday.

Lafleur was one of the three legends who propelled the Montreal Canadiens to a record 24 Stanley Cups.

The others were Jean Béliveau and Maurice (Rocket) Richard.

Guy Lafleur always said Beliveau was his idol growing up.

“I met Jean when I was ten years old, Quebec City pee wee tournament,” Lafleur reflected later in life, “We took a picture together. He was putting a hat on my head and said maybe one day we’ll see you in the NHL.”

Lafleur won the Stanley Cup five times with the Canadians.

In October 2020, the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) announced that it was discovered during Lafleur’s follow-up meeting with doctors that his lung cancer had returned. Lafleur had undergone successful quadruple-bypass heart surgery at the CHUM in September 2019 and two months later was back at the hospital to have surgery to remove the upper lobe of one of his lungs and to remove the lymph nodes.

The CHUM news release after Lafleur’s cancer returned noted that he wanted to continue his battle privately with his family.

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