Guy Lafleur Biography

( 1951 - )
September 26, 2018
First published on:September 26, 2018
by Roy

Facts of Guy Lafleur

Date of Birth: 1951, September 20
Age: 68 years old
Height: 6 Feet
Birth Name Guy Damien Lafleur
Birth Place Thurso, Quebec, Canada
Father Réjean Lafleur
Mother Pierette Lafleur
Nationality Canadian

Guy Lafleur is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for teams such as Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques during his professional career as a hockey player. He won five Stanley Cup Championships during his career all with the Canadiens.

 

Lafleur was given the nickname The Flower/Le Démon Blond. He is also the first player in the NHL to score 50 goals and 100 points. He was named as one of the 100 Greatest NHL players in history in 2017.

Guy Lafleur's Early Life

Guy Lafleur was born on September 20, 1951, in Thurso, Quebec, Canada as Guy Damien Lafleur. He was born to parents Réjean Lafleur and Pierette Lafleur. His parents gave him hockey stick as a gift for Christmas when he was 5 and it was the beginning of his hockey for him.

Lafleur gained wide recognition during his Major Junior Hockey League when he played for the Quebec Remparts. He led his team to the Memorial Cup in 1971 where he scored 130 regular season goals.

Guy Lafleur's Career

Guy Lafleur was drafted in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft along with Marcel Dionne. He was picked by the Montreal Canadians in the first draft choice. Lafleur had a huge expectation going into his professional debut.

By 1974, Lafleur became one of the most popular players on his team with his trademark smooth skating style and scoring touch. He became known as Flower due to the literal translation of his surname with French fans calling him le Demon Blond.

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Lafleur was a big cornerstone for the Canadiens to win five Stanley Cup Championships. The Canadien dynasty came to an end with the retirement of Ken Dryden, Jacques Lemaire, and several other key players after the end of the 1979 season. Lafleur's performance also dropped in the 1980 playoffs mainly due to his injuries. He would no longer be the center attraction with Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky overshadowing him.

Guy Lafleur saw less and less ice time during the 1984-1985 season. He had a rocky relationship with the coach and asked to be traded but the management of Candies did not accept it and so, Lafleur decided to retire from the game. 

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Lafleur was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and shortly after came out of the retirement to return to the NHL for three more seasons. He returned in 1988 and played till 1991 with the New York Rangers and the Quebec Nordiques before finally retiring for the second time.

Guy Lafleur comes in the top as the all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history with 1,246 points in his 14 years with the Habs. He is the first player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons as a Halb. He has won three Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Memorial Trophies, three Lester B. Pearson Awards, and one Conn Smythe Trophy.

Lafleur was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1980 and made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 2005. He was named as one of the 100 Greatest NHL players by the NHL.

Guy Lafleur's Personal Life

Lafleur married Lise Lafleur in 1973. There were rumors about him being separated from his wife but they are still married to each other. He has two children from his marriage with Lise.

Both of his children are sons named Mark Lafleur and Martin Lafleur. There have not been any rumors of Lafleur being involved in an extramarital affair.

Guy Lafleur's Net Worth

Guy Lafleur's Net worth is estimated to be around $10 million. Though he is one of the greatest players in NHL history, his salary is not comparable to what hockey players make these days. His career earning is reported to be $3.5 million.

His highest salary was $400,000 which he got paid while playing for the New York Rangers and the Quebec Nordiques at the end of his career.


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