On January 30th, 2021 I was blessed that Guy Lafleur agreed to start this new column. His legendary generosity allowed me to share beautiful moments with you. He was beaming on the phone, his laughter was contagious and he was confident of winning the battle against cancer. Lately he has been very keen for me to deliver this message to you: “Thank you fans for everything you have done for me and I love you”. Here is the synopsis of my conversation for my column with Guy Lafleur.
Hi Guy, Thank you for taking the time to speak to me. He replies: “I’m clearing the snow from my car. As soon as the case is closed, I’ll go inside to call you. Twenty minutes later my phone rings.
First of all, how is your health?
This is very encouraging because the doctors have reduced the number of my treatments.
Who was the first to believe in your talent?
It was Normand Chouinard who helped me with my studies in Thurso. I have never forgotten his words, which I understand better now: “Man, one day you will no longer belong to yourself. »
are you still active
I walk my dogs and treadmill.
A craft talent?
I had to change my four doors to the house. I made a small mistake by cutting off the top of the doors first. Result: hire four new doors and a carpenter.
A childhood memory?
I often think of the wonderful times I spent with my mother and father and the family reunions in Thurso.
A big pain?
My son Marc’s health problems hit me hard. Today I am proud to see how he asserts himself in life.
Have you had an emotional moment lately?
Last summer I was at CHUM for treatment when I met Derek Aucoin. I was deeply touched by the message of hope Derek gave me.
Tell me about your agent.
Working closely with my son Martin means a lot to me.
Longest voyage as the captain of your boat?
For a few years I used to boat all over Quebec in the summer. My longest journey took me from Montreal to the Magdalen Islands.
Longest journey in a helicopter?
I traveled to Las Vegas. It took me three days to complete the trip.
Crush on a landscape?
On my helicopter flight to Las Vegas, I was so overwhelmed by the vastness of the Grand Canyon and the desert.
I have no talent for singing and even less as a musician, I’m not even able to play a musical spoon.
No doubt my mother and father were proud of me.
your first job?
When I was younger, I worked on the family farm during the summers. I loved cleaning the animal barn, hand milking the cows and driving the tractor.
The first meal you prepared for your wife-to-be?
I lived in an apartment in Longueuil. I had made macaroni and cheese for Lise, but forgot to put the pasta in the water. The result: rock-hard noodles.
your first car?
Before I signed my contract with Remparts de Québec junior, I rode my bike because I didn’t have a car until the day the Remparts gave me a Buick Le Saber.
Always liked dogs?
When I started my career with the Canadiens, I rented a townhouse in L’Île-des-Sœurs. They advised me that my dog or I would have to go. I went with my dog.
The name of your first team?
In my freshman year, I played in the Thurso Moskito, Pee-wee, and Bantam categories.
Favorite city in the USA?
Los Angeles with its great restaurants that Claude Quenneville, the Canadiens games commentator, Quebec actor Donald Pilon and I discovered.
During the holidays I like to enjoy good Italian and Québec food.
Did you enjoy your experience as a restaurateur?
Yes, but I felt it was a shame not being able to be there every night to greet customers.
A precious moment of relaxation?
With a big laugh: at 6 in the morning at the Menick hairdresser, while I am having fun discussing everything and nothing with him.
Your father’s influence?
When I saw him sitting at the net at the edge of the gang in the forum, his look during the break was my biggest motivator.
Do you think you will succeed Maurice Richard and Jean Béliveau?
I never succeeded Maurice Richard or Jean Béliveau. It’s more of a privilege for me to be part of this trio.
What does Quebec City represent to you?
Quebec is my second home. Participating in the pee tournament, winning the Memorial Cup, meeting Lise, my future wife, and where I ended my career.