Interview with Steve Shutt | The most prolific duo in Canadian history

Living sometimes in Alabama, sometimes in Florida, sometimes in the Toronto area, Steve Shutt hasn’t exactly had many opportunities to see Guy Lafleur in recent years.

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But he’s one of the last former teammates Lafleur saw before he left us. It was two weeks ago. “The guy was very handsome. That’s why I was surprised this morning,” explains a very touched Shutt on the phone.

“My wife and I have booked a cabin in Hudson for next August. When I went to Guy I said to him, “I’ll see you there.” But he didn’t answer, as if he knew he wouldn’t be there. »

They haven’t seen each other often, but as the anecdote suggests, it’s the kind of relationship where the two men can go three days or three years without seeing each other, it doesn’t change anything.

“You don’t have to be a neighbor to be close to someone,” says Shutt.

He pauses to stifle his sobs. “We are all members of one family. It is difficult. You don’t have to see him that often. You know what he’s doing, what he’s thinking. We had a very special, very unique relationship and we were successful. We were able to do it in front of a lot of people watching us play. »

Two wingers who find each other

“We have been successful. The term is weak. They played 12 seasons together. Five times it ended on Sainte-Catherine with allegorical chariots and a great trophy.

In fact, Lafleur and Shutt formed the most prolific duo in Canadian history. According to the NHL Stats Service, Shutt scored 184 goals from a Lafleur pass. No one in the team’s nearly 110 years has scored that many goals with the help of the same teammate.

Lafleur scored 110 with an assist from Shutt. This is the fifth combination in history.

“We had really opposite styles,” concludes Shutt. He carried the puck and I finished the games. We didn’t step on our feet! Each of us had our mission. When Guy was skating, no one was watching me. He knew I was coming. It was the key. »

You rarely see such cohesion between two wingers. Generally, large attacking duos consist of a center and a winger.

“When we played with Pete [Mahovlich], it was a pure offensive trio. But Jacques [Lemaire] was more defensive. He told us, “Go attack and I’ll stay behind.”

Steve Shutt would have every reason to praise Guy Lafleur’s attacking skills. After all, the Ontarian is 5and in Canadian history with 408 goals and 8and in points with 776. Part of his success is due to his collaboration with Lafleur.

But when asked what he remembers of Lafleur as a teammate, he thinks of the person before thinking of the hockey player.

“He was humble. He was just a very, very humble man, and a good guy,” he says, again gripped by emotion.

“All the stars in the world should have had the opportunity to speak to him, to realize that even as a superstar, you can be humble. You don’t have to act like a big star, even if you are. »

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