Guy Lafleur in State: Thousands of admirers line up at the Bell Center

The legendary hockey player is lying in state on Sunday and Monday.

The public can pay their respects on Sundays from 12:00 to 20:00 and on Mondays from 10:30 to 15:00.

The Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, and the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, were among the first to express their condolences to the representatives of the Lafleur family.

Mr Legault then paid tribute to the cameras.

The tribute of François Legault

All of Quebec mourns Guy Lafleur. It brings back incredible memories, those who had the chance to watch him play. In that time we won five Stanley Cups, we were proud of that. It brought everyone together. Anglophones, French speakers, everyone was behind Guy Lafleur. Everyone was proud that Guy Lafleur was a little boy from the place who became the best player in the National Leaguesaid the prime minister.

While Mr. Legault didn’t get the chance to meet Guy Lafleur, he continues to admire the “Blonde Demon” career both on and off the ice.

I’m glad to see there are several Quebecers who came to thank him for all the little pleasures we had on Wednesday and Saturday nights, game nights, to see him come in on the right winghe remembers.

Since 9 a.m. on Sunday, many people, including from Moncton, Vancouver and Toronto, have traveled to Montreal to say their last goodbyes to their hero.

A follower of Guy Lafleur.

Several hundred supporters gathered at the Bell Center in Montreal to pay their last respects to Guy Lafleur.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes

Guy Lafleur, qui était mon idole. Depuis le premier jour où j’ai commencé à jouer au hockey, Guy Lafleur, c’était le joueur, mon joueur [préféré]. J’ai 58ans, je joue encore au hockey, et des fois je me prends encore pour lui”,”text”:”Je suis venu payer mon respect à M.Guy Lafleur, qui était mon idole. Depuis le premier jour où j’ai commencé à jouer au hockey, Guy Lafleur, c’était le joueur, mon joueur [préféré]. J’ai 58ans, je joue encore au hockey, et des fois je me prends encore pour lui”}}”>I came to pay my respects to Mr Guy Lafleur who was my idol. Since the first day I started playing hockey, Guy Lafleur was the player, my player [préféré]† I’m 58, I still play hockey and sometimes I still think I’m himsaid Yves Martineau, an admirer of the hockey player standing in line.

For its part, a group from Acadia traveled for 10 hours to attend the event. We left yesterday and had to sleep in the hotel. […] We thought that was important. We are longtime fans of Guy Lafleur and we find that these are emotions we didn’t want [manquer]said one of them.

Some admirers brought souvenirs such as sweaters and photos signed by Guy Lafleur. These symbols are a reminder of Guy Lafleur’s generosity to the community.

Many say he is the one who gave the most autographs in Quebec history, it’s still not nothing, it means there was demand! It also means he was ready to take the time it takes to sign his autographstestified Mr Legault.

Another fan had met Guy Lafleur at an event in Bagotville. The legendary hockey player had brought a stack of photos to hand out. Sitting behind a folding table and without an umbrella on a hot summer’s day, he had held his position until everyone had their signature, recalls this fan in front of the Bell Center.

An image of Guy Lafleur is projected on the Bell Center ice rink.

For the third time in its history, the Bell Center is being transformed into a burning chapel in honor of one of the great heroes of the Canadiens.

Photo: Courtesy of nh.com

The Lafleur family wanted to organize tribute ceremonies in the image of the former hockey player: simple and accessible. The Bell Center has been transformed into a burning chapel.

Two large banners surrounded the one usually installed in the heights of the arena bearing Lafleur’s number 10. The Stanley Cup, which Lafleur won five times with the Montreal Canadiens, shone in the background of the deceased’s coffin. The Hart, Art-Ross, Conn-Smythe, and Ted-Lindsay trophies sat on one side, while the family sat on the other.

Young and old, many dressed in the mythical “number 10” came to say goodbye to Mr Lafleur for the last time.

Former Lafleur teammates also marched through the Ardent Chapel. The Canadian’s current players would fit by the end of the afternoon.

A state funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 3 from 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde.

The “Blonde Demon” died on April 22 at the age of 70 from lung cancer.

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