Guy Lafleur, dynamic Hall of Fame winger from Montreal Canadiens dynasty, dies at 70

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Guy Lafleur, the flashy high-scoring Hall of Fame winger from the Montreal Canadiens’ 1970s dynasty, has died. He was 70.

Lafleur revealed in October 2020 that his lung cancer came back. He had surgery in November 2019 to remove a lobe and lymph nodes, about two months after he had quadruple-bypass surgery.

Those Canadiens teams were loaded with Hall of Famers in net, on defense, at forward and behind the bench, but Lafleur was easily recognizable for his flowing hair as he sped down the ice and for his dominance on the scoresheet.

“Everyone wanted to grow their hair long, with no helmet, and skate fast over the blue line,” said former NHL defenseman Steve Duchene, who grew up admiring Lafleur.

Lafleur won five Stanley Cups with Montreal, including four in a row from 1976-79. His No. 10 was retired by the team and he made the NHL’s Top 100 list in 2017.

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