Guy LaFleur has always been known for his talents as a unifier. On Tuesday afternoon, exactly a week after a large and touching national funeral in Montreal, it was unanimous again, this time in Quebec, as the 111 deputies present in the National Assembly voted in favor of a motion to honor him, which ended in a solemn moment of silence.
The proposal was made by Enrico Ciccone, a Liberal MP for Marquette, but also a former National Hockey League player, notably with the Montreal Canadiens.
Also, long after the legendary Habs star retired, Mr. Ciccone participated in several previous hockey games with Lafleur.
The date chosen to mark this honor, May 10, cannot help but remember the number Lafleur wore during his 17 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Canadians, as well as at the New York Rangers and Nordics in Quebec between 1971 and 1991.
Also, this honor coincides with today with the most famous goal of Lafleur’s career, which was scored in Game 7 of the semi-final series against the Boston Bruins on May 10, 1979.
With this tribute, Mr. Ciccone also wanted to remind that Jay Lafleur became an idol, also thanks to his participation in the Quebec community.
Mr. Ciccone said in the presence of one of Lafleur’s sons, Martin, and his wife, Angelica, who were seated on one of the balcony of the Blue Room.
“There are three categories of great players: First, there are those who positively influence team results, then there are those who record the history of their sport. Finally, in a separate, almost inaccessible category, there are those who are immersed in popular culture, in the collective imagination and in the hearts of their people. Guy LaFleur was one of those extraordinary beings.
In his speech, Mr. Ciccone noted that Lafleur made his mark in Quebec in his own way, as had the two great French-speaking legends in Canadian history before him.
Maurice Richard was rising up in Quebec. It was Jean Bellevue Quebec who had confidence and respected us. Guy LaFleur, it was Quebec that we liked and won. »
Representatives of three other parties represented in the National Assembly also had the opportunity to express their respect and admiration for the man nicknamed the blond devil. Starting with the Prime Minister of Quebec and leader of the Avenir Quebec Alliance, François Legault.
“We saw it two weeks ago, and the hearts of Quebecers were shattered by this death. Jay Lafleur was more than just a hockey player, he was an idol and a hero. He was also an artist. It was great to see him play hockey,” recalls Mr. Legault, before praising the qualities Lafleur human and standardized.
“Quebec has united like never before, regardless of political party, language or origin. Everyone wanted to give thanks to Guy Lafleur. Guy Lafleur was as well received in Quebec as in Montreal and managed, for all his success, to remain a simple man and have a kind of love story with the people of Quebec for 50 years,” asserted Mr. Legault, while qualifying Lafleur immortal, “in the same class as Maurice Richard, as Jean Bellevue.”
Gabriel Nadeau Dubois, the parliamentary leader of Quebec Solidere, recalled what a fantastic player he was.
“There is a statue of Guy LaFleur, here in Quebec, and the title of that statue is very interesting. It says just below ‘Too strong for the league.’ That was him, Guy LaFleur. He was the best player in his sport and the best player on his team. He was a winner at all levels. Nadeau-Dubois stated before adding that Lafleur was an idol who marked history through the bond he developed with the people of Quebec. »
Méganne Perry Mélançon, PQ MP for Gaspé, noted that Lafleur is one of those characters who manage to convey lives and emotions like few others.
“He was one of those who makes us forget the rest. He is what makes us captivated by the moment, on the edge of our seats, that brings crowds together and lifts them up in a positive and uplifting way.”