It is with a heavy heart that Hockey Canada acknowledges the passing of Guy
One of the greatest French-Canadian stars in the history of the game,
Lafleur, 70, was announced as a 2022 Distinguished Honouree of the Order ofHockey in Canada in January.
He will be posthumously invested into the Order during the Hockey Canada
Foundation Gala in Niagara Falls, Ont., on June 23, alongside Lanny
McDonald and Kim St-Pierre.
“Hockey Canada is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of hockey icon
and 2022 Distinguished Honouree of the Order of Hockey in Canada, Guy
Lafleur,” said Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney, and president and COO Scott
Smith. “On behalf of our entire organization, our deepest sympathies are
with his wife Lise, his children Mark and Martin, his entire family,
friends and all those who knew Guy and were privileged to play the game
both alongside him and against him.
“Guy not only impacted the game, but changed how it was played. He was a
hero to all those in Quebec, across the country and around the world. He
was a true ambassador for the sport.”
The native of Thurso, Que., represented his country on three occasions – at
the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups, and at the 1981 IIHF World Championship. He
recorded four goals and 14 assists in 21 Team Canada games, helping Canada
to the 1976 Canada Cup title.
Lafleur is a Montreal Canadiens icon, spending 14 seasons in the bleu, blanc et rouge from 1971 to 1985, leading the Habs to five
Stanley Cup championships (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) and finishing his
career as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 1,246 points
(518-728—1,246) in 961 games. His No. 10 was retired by the Canadiens in
Honoured as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, he was a two-time Hart
Trophy recipient as NHL MVP (1976-77, 1977-78), a three-time Art Ross
Trophy winner (1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78) and a six-time First Team
All-Star (1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80), among
countless other awards.
Lafleur’s impact transcended hockey; he earned the Lou Marsh Trophy as
Canada’s top athlete in 1977, the year he set a career high with 136 points
before adding another 26 in the playoffs, taking home his only Conn Smythe
Trophy as playoff MVP.
His offensive exploits in junior hockey were even more outrageous than his
NHL accomplishments; in his final two QMJHL seasons with the Quebec
Remparts, Lafleur posted a remarkable 233 goals and 379 points, including a
130-goal season in 1970-71, when he captained the Remparts to the Memorial
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, the same year he
ended his three-year retirement and returned to the NHL with the New York
Rangers. He spent one season on Broadway and two more with the Quebec
Nordiques before calling it a career for the final time in 1991.
Lafleur was a 1996 inductee into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and a 1993
inductee into the Pantheon des sports du Québec, was invested as an Officer
of the Order of 1980 and was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec