Hockey community mourns Canadiens legend

On Friday, the hockey world was shaken by the death of one of its greatest.

Montreal Canadiens legend and Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, one of the most electrifying and flashiest players in NHL history, has died at the age of 70 after a battle against the lung cancer, her family said.

Serge Savard and Yvon Cournoyer celebrate with Guy Lafleur after receiving the Conn Smythe Trophy after the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 1977 Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

Lafleur played in 1,126 regular season NHL games, scoring 560 goals and 1,353 points. He also had 134 points in 128 career playoff games, winning the Stanley Cup five times.

Upon news of his death, the hockey community wept together, shared messages of condolences and honored the memory of “Le Démon Blond”.

Some of the biggest names in the game have shared memories of the legendary goalscorer and recounted the effect he had on them as an idol, as did Canadian Prime Minister and known Habs fan Justin Trudeau.

Some NHL teams took a moment to share their thoughts on Lafleur’s passing, acknowledging his importance to the sport and his rightful place among the league’s greatest players.

Rest in peace Guy.

“To you failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.”

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