Jay LaFleur was 19 years old and was comfortable. All the newspapers were talking about him. Canadians and the professional hockey world have been looking forward to it. But to Reagan LaFleur’s dismay, his son was in no hurry to leave. The father even told biographer George Hebert German that ten minutes after he finally left the house, Jay came back to go get his…sunglasses.
He was driving a shiny Buick Riviera donated by the Quebec Remparts team and was about to enter through the front door to the world’s most famous hockey team. Perhaps this was the happiest day of his young life.
Stuck in the city’s crowds—things never change—the Lafleur family finally showed up at Queen Elizabeth at the last minute, somewhere between 11am and noon. Right before Sam Bullock pronounced Gaye’s name and made it his first-ever draft.
No later than last October, when we paid tribute to him in Quebec, Guy Lafleur said that a few weeks after that historic enlistment day, he had lunch with Jean Bellevue. The latter and his wife, Elise, had welcomed him into their home when he arrived in Montreal.
Capturing the emotions, LaFleur recalled that Bill Bell, who had just announced his retirement, advised him to savor every moment in his career because time passes quickly.
“You’ll see, it passes quickly,” Lee Jin said. And I said to myself, “I’m 19, it’s not going to pass that fast.” But I have to admit I didn’t see that pass byLafleur was captivated, his eyes filled with water, and a magnificent statue of him was revealed.
Sports is a metaphor for life, which also passes very quickly. And that too, Jean Bellevue had testified for a few years before his death.
On Tuesday 3 May 2022, almost 51 years after the 1971 draft, and around the same time, Guy Lafleur was welcomed for the last time at Marie-Rhin du Monde, a few meters from the grand hotel. The track started as a national hero.
Time has already passed like lightning. Episode closed. And what an amazing episode it was.
In 1971, Sam Bullock, Scotty Bowman, Claude Ruel and his new colleagues welcomed the curious to see this young phenomenon that everyone at work was talking about.
To bid him farewell on Monday, along with the family of the deceased, prime ministers, former prime ministers, elected officials and dignitaries of all kinds crowded the cathedral seats.
You really have to get past a hockey game until the prime ministers of Quebec and Canada sit side by side for two hours a colleague whispered the privilege of covering the ’70s dynasty.
The ceremony was presided over by the Archbishop of Montreal, Monsignor Christian Lepin, who was accompanied by Cardinal (and Archbishop of Quebec) Monsignor Gerald Ciprien Lacroix. Until the end, the name Guy Lafleur was at one time associated with Montreal and Quebec.
Several generations of CH staff and players were present, including all players of the current version. Owners, directors, and representatives of other NHL organizations, as well as Commissioner Gary Bettman, have made the journey to share in this final tribute.
Joe Sakich, who was mentored by Guy Lafleur when he started with the Quebec Nordic, was present even as the Colorado Avalanche, who was his big boss, started their knockout matches that same evening.
Guy LaFleur often carried his team on his shoulders during his career. It was so sad, and so beautiful at the same time, to see Mario Tremblay, Jay Lapointe, Yvonne Lambert, Steve Schott and Pierre Bouchard join Martin and Marc Lafleur to carry their father’s coffin, draped in the flag of CH.
Yes, time has passed. Hair turning gray. Their backs are slightly arched and the steps are less stable. But somewhere, their many tears are the ultimate proof of a bond between these men that will never break.
Martin LaFleur gave a poignant and eloquent testimony about a father who had to share with the public his whole life.
My father always took care of his family despite his many obligations. He really loved being with us. He took me with him to practices and even if he wasn’t a pretender, I could feel all his pride. I felt like he wanted me to be part of his team.
He always wanted the best for us. Obviously, I would say my father was generous. He wanted to take care of everyone, even people he didn’t know. His modesty has always impressed me. He remained the same despite all the attention he paid. (…) My father was not perfect, but he did everything to make us happy He testified as he took the time to thank the supporters who supported his father
Till the end .
Francine Barry, sister-in-law of Guy LaFleur, received the person who
He lived his life playing hockey with passion, determination and passion .
We’ve been part of the same family for 50 years and have never gone to a restaurant or anywhere else without someone asking for an autograph. And he was always signing, taking the time to address each person in a few words. One could recognize the generosity he had.
The man did things his way. It was a rough diamond that no one could polish and I tip my hat to him for it. I will remember like all of you the great hockey player he was, his very natural skate, his smile and his flying hair. But above all, I will remember the humble, generous, upright and upright man he was. She emphasized with confidence, sensitivity and depth.
Jeff Molson, Evan Cornuer, Larry Robinson, Jay Carbono, and Patrick Roy also performed in front of the microphone, each telling them how much Jay LaFleur’s talent, modesty, generosity and charisma had impressed them and influenced their careers.
Larry Robinson was drafted after Jay LaFleur, in the second round of the June 1971 draft. He was also across the street 51 years ago. He delivered his speech in both languages, a sign of the sensitivity which Cardinal Lacroix seemed to appreciate, based on his admiring gaze.
Jay said you should play every day as if it were your last. Not only did he play every game to the fullest, but he also lived to the fullest off the ice. I want to thank everyone who is here today to celebrate the life of this amazing man Release.
Patrick Roy argued that social networks have revealed in the past 10 days that half of Quebecers, including former NHL players, have a picture of themselves with Guy Lafleur.
In his eyes testify
Uncommon generosity, candor, authenticity, deep respect for fans, willingness to give back, caring about others, willingness to take that moment that makes all the difference with people .
For her part, Jeannette Reno made the cathedral columns tremble by translating
If the lyrics to this great song are true and the main thing is to be truly likable, Guy Lafleur has managed a flawless track during his very short stay with us.