He won the HART TROPHY 1977-78, the ART ROSS TROPHY 1976-78, and while contributing to Montreal's STANLEY CUP wins of 1973 and 1976-79 was awarded the 1977 CONN SMYTHE TROPHY. On 20 Dec 1983 he became only the tenth player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal plateau. He retired early in the 1984-85 season.
He was elected to the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME in 1988 and CANADA'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME in 1996. The New York Rangers lured him out of retirement for the 1988-89 season. He returned to Québec City to finish his career by playing 2 final seasons with the QUEBEC NORDIQUES. Lafleur has been a member of the ORDER OF CANADA since 1980, and was made a member of the ORDER OF QUEBEC in 2005. Lafleur has since embarked on a successful career as a restaurateur.
Author DEREK DRAGER