Guy Damien “The Flower” Lafleur (September 20, 1951-) was a phenomenon of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, when playing for the Quebec Remparts, when he scored an incredible 233 goals and 146 assists in only 118 games. In 1971, Guy led the Remparts to the Memorial Cup championship as he scored a shocking 130 goals in 62 games. The Montreal Canadiens selected the native Quebecer with the Number One overall pick of the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. Lafleur joined a Canadiens squad that included Hall f Famers Henri Richard, Jacques Laperriere, Frank Mahovlich, Larry Robinson and goaltending phenom Ken Dryden. In 1973, they won the Stanley Cup over the Chicago Black Hawks in six games. Guy’s had speed, extraordinary playmaking ability, a powerful shot, and leadership qualities that made him one of the Habs leaders on and off the ice. He played 14 years for Les Habitants (1971-1985), becoming a fan favorite and gentleman on the ice. He led the NHL once in goals, once in assists and once in plus/minus, twice in even strength goals, three times in total points and four times in game-winning goals. From 1976 to 1978, Lafleur won three consecutive Art Ross Trophies as the leading point scorer, earned the Ted Lindsay Award as the Most Outstanding Player as selected by the NHLPA and was named the 1977 and 1978 Hart Trophy winner as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player.
Lafleur helped the highly potent Montreal team capture four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1976-1979. Including the 1979-80 season, Lafleur became the first player in NHL history to score 50+ goals and 100+ points in five consecutive seasons. He led the NHL in goals once, assists twice and three times in points during that span and was named the 1977 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoffs most valuable player. Guy was named to six consecutive NHL All-Star First Teams and played in six NHL All-Star Games. When he retired in 1985, he received a five-minute standing ovation from and adoring Canadiens crowd. Guy Lafleur was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. He briefly joined the front office before getting the bug to return four years later with the New York Rangers. He became the second player in NHL history, after Gordie Howe, to play after being inducted in the Hall of Fame. Though he enjoyed his one-year stint in The Big Apple, he opted to finish his career at home with the Quebec Nordiques, where he spent two seasons, before retiring for good in 1991.
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