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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Canadiens tribute legend Guy Lafleur with a pre-game ceremony

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Key takeaways: 

  • Fans at Bell Centre pay honor with a standing ovation that lasts almost 10 minutes.
  • Supporters at the Bell Centre in Montreal watch on during a ceremony in remembrance of Guy Lafleur before a match against Boston on Sunday evening.
  • The Habs legend died on Friday at the age of 70.

It’s been 37 years since Guy Lafleur earlier played for the Montreal Canadiens, but supporters chanted his name before the squad took to the ice Sunday.

For 10 minutes, Habs supporters gave Lafleur, who passed away Friday at age 70, a standing ovation, as joys of “Guy, Guy, Guy!” combined with chants of “Ole, Ole, Ole!” and “Go Habs Go!”

The match’s announcer started to say something to allow fans to keep cheering. Eventually, he asked the fans to be silent for a moment of silence in tribute to Lafleur.

It was a combination of melancholy and celebration as the Canadiens marked the demise of one of their greats.

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For 10 minutes, Habs supporters gave Lafleur, who passed away Friday at age 70, a standing ovation, as joys of “Guy, Guy, Guy!” combined with chants of “Ole, Ole, Ole!” and “Go Habs Go!”

Photos of Lafleur’s youth were projected on the ice before videos of his time with the Habs were shown on the stadium’s screen to the music of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

While there was a video of Lafleur’s most incredible goals, with a vital goal against Boston — the squad the Habs met Sunday — in a Stanley Cup final, marking the immense joy.

But there were also photos of “The Flower” lifting the Stanley Cup — he won five with Montreal — and partaking in the win parades that were a joint event in Montreal during his time with the team.

“We must never forget playing hockey isn’t a job, it’s a match, we have to have pleasure,” Lafleur said in one of the videos. “And succeed as much as possible.”

Source – cbc.ca

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