Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur was remembered as a father, a teammate, and an exceptionally generous person at a national funeral Tuesday, a person who inspired generations of Quebecers both on and off the ice.
His son, Martin Lafleur reportedly told the crowd at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal that his father wasn’t perfect but did everything he could to ensure he, his mother, and his brother were happy and had everything they needed.
Hockey Hall of Famers Yvon Cournoyer, Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, and Patrick Roy were among the first to pay tribute to the Habs legend, who died last month at age 70 after battling lung cancer.
Canadiens president Geoff Molson reportedly described Lafleur as a player who had time for everyone, especially his fans.
Those attending include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Quebec Premier Francois Legault, and many current and former Montreal Canadiens hockey players. Quebec singer Ginette Reno also performed.
A statement issued by the Canadiens hockey club said that the Lafleur family accepted a national funeral as a way to share its grief with the community out of respect for the public who have supported Lafleur over the years.
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