Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, a dominant force in his generation, dead at age 70

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Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur has died at age 70.

Quebec Premier François Legault offered condolences to the family of the Hockey Hall of Famer on Friday.

A cause of death was not immediately known, but Lafleur had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

One of the greatest players of his generation, Lafleur registered 518 goals and 728 assists in 14 seasons with Montreal.

The No. 1 pick in the 1971 NH draft added 133 points (57 goals, 76 assists) in 124 playoff contests to help the Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s.

The player nicknamed “The Flower” retired after the 1984-85 season, but returned in 1988-89 with the New York Rangers. He played the next two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before hanging up his skates for good.

Lafleur was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019, when tumours were discovered by doctors performing emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery.

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Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers (L) and Montreal Canadiens Guy Lafleur are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981.

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