Jul 5, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Former Montreal Canadiens player Guy Lafleur waves to the crowd during the first period against Tampa Bay Lightning in game four of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

One of the greats in hockey has passed away. Guy Lafleur, who won five Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens died on Friday after a nearly three year battle with cancer. This comes on the heels of another hockey great, Mike Bossy, passing away a week before.

Lafleur was a mainstay of the Canadiens teams of the 70s and early 80s. From 1974 to 1980, Lafleur scored over 50 goals including a career high 60 in the 1977-78 season. His assist tally also jumped with a career high 80 assists in the 1976-77 season as Lafleur was the cornerstone of a Canadiens team that won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1975-76 to 1978-79.

Even though he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, Lafleur came out of retirement to play three more years with the New York Rangers and the Quebec Nordiques. Lafleur retired for good in 1991, months shy of his 40th birthday.

Many paid tribute to Lafleur on the day of his passing. From NHL teams to players to media to fans, and even the prime minister of Canada, so many people paid their respects.

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