Lafleur, Guy Damien

Guy Damien Lafleur, hockey player (b at Thurso, Que 20 Sept 1951). His outstanding 1971 junior exploits (130 goals and the Memorial Cup for his team, the Québec Remparts) made him a much heralded rookie with the MONTREAL CANADIENS. In his first 3 professional seasons Lafleur struggled to meet the high standards expected of him, but in 1975 he turned his career around dramatically. His fluid skating style, instinctive playmaking and accurate shot carried him to 6 consecutive 50-goal seasons and selections (1975-80) as NHL all-star right winger.

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.