National Funeral: Patrick Roy invited to pay tribute to Guy Lafleur

At Geoff Molson’s request, Patrick Roy will be one of the ex-Habs players to speak at Guy Lafleur’s state funeral on Tuesday. “An honor,” affirmed the former Montreal Canadiens star goaltender.

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Roy will attend the final tribute to the blonde demon at Montreal’s Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral.

“When Geoff Molson called me to say a few words, I replied that it would be an honor to speak about Guy Lafleur,” he said Monday.

Roy has never hidden his admiration for the former Montreal Canadiens No. 10, despite only seeing him for a few weeks early in the 1984-1985 season.


At the time, he was in his first training camp with the team and had started the season with the Canadiens before returning to the junior ranks.

The Remparts de Québec head coach will talk about the significant events he has witnessed during his career with or against Guy Lafleur.

“I only saw him in my first training camp as a teammate. I’ll talk about that. I will share how I experienced that moment and my match against him in 1989 [lors du retour de Guy Lafleur au Forum, dans l’uniforme des Rangers de New York]. I will also talk about my last meeting with him. I want to pay tribute to him because it’s totally deserved,” said the man who also paid tribute to him through a speech last October when the jersey was retired by Lafleur’s QMJHL.

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Not surprised

Since Guy Lafleur’s death on April 22, tributes have come from across America. Sunday and Monday, thousands of fans, former teammates, public figures, current players and dignitaries descended on the Bell Center to pay their respects to “Flower.”

None of this wave of love surprises Patrick Roy.

“We always ask ourselves what makes a person. In Guy’s case, the word “authenticity” comes to mind. He was a real guy and people liked that. He was close to the fans and the public and always available. The admiration we have for him goes beyond his accomplishments as a hockey player.

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