Guy Lafleur’s national funeral: a tribute worthy of our hero

A large crowd of Guy Lafleur fans and athletes are expected today to pay their last respects to their idol at the Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral, where an outdoor space has been set up to show all of the ceremony on a giant screen to track .

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Already yesterday we were busy putting up barriers to contain the mass of people who will attend the national funeral of the blonde demon who was always close to the people of Quebec.


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The latter will have shown him this love in recent days, when tens of thousands of people marched to the Bell Center, where the coffin of the eternal number 10 has been on display in a state of devotion since Sunday.

Just yesterday, hundreds of fans marched to the coffin in the amphitheater.

In view of the funeral service, a large square will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. this morning and to the funeral procession, which will start its journey towards the cathedral at around 10.30 a.m.


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Many dignitaries

Several public figures from all walks of life should also be present to greet this great Quebec hockey player.

Dignitaries include the Prime Ministers of Quebec and Canada, François Legault and Justin Trudeau, and of course Guy Lafleur’s family.

Guy Lafleur | 1951-2022

Mar. 30, 1991 – An ovation for Guy Lafleur in his last game at the Forum, wearing the Nordiques shirt. Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur during his years at Le Canadien Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur André Toto Gingras THE MONTREAL JOURNAL/QMI AGENCY

The Canadian Hockey Club presents the recipients of the 2017-2018 Guy-Lafleur Excellence and Merit Awards CHANTAL POIRIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL

Guy Lafleur during the final game of his farewell tour at the Bell Center on Sunday December 5, 2010. Sébastien St-Jean / 24Heures / Agency QMI

September 11, 1971 – On the eve of his first training camp with the Montreal Canadiens, Guy Lafleur took his first opportunity to skate on the Forum rink. In the photo he is with Jean Béliveau. Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Autographed photo of Guy Lafleur in his Quebec Remparts uniform courtesy

Guy Lafleur at the retirement evening of Guy Lafleur’s number 4 at the Slush Puppie Center in Gatineau on Wednesday 29th September 2021 MARTIN CHEVALIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL

Guy Lafleur and his banner as part of the retirement evening of Guy Lafleur’s number 4 at the Slush Puppie Center in Gatineau on Wednesday 29th September 2021 MARTIN CHEVALIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL

Guy Lafleur’s final game against the Quebec Nordiques on March 30, 1991 in Montreal Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Sculpture by Guy Lafleur in bronze Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur, Pee-Wee Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament Collection, Modern Photo Fund

Guy Lafleur, Pee-Wee Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament Collection, Modern Photo Fund

Guy Lafleur and the trophies of Art Ross, Conn Smythe and Lester B. Pearson, Montreal Forum, 1976 Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur, then a member of Team Canada, signs autographs during practice for the Canada Cup, Montreal 1976 Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

Chicago Blackhawks Guy Lafleur and goaltender Murray Bannerman #30, Montreal Forum 1980 Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

Guy Lafleur and goaltender Mike Palmateer of the Toronto Maple Leafs Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

March 7, 1975 – Guy Lafleur becomes the first player in Canadian history to score 100 points in a single season in an 8-4 win over the Washington Capitals Archive / Le Journal de Montreal

Guy Lafleur on the bench during Game 3 vs. Boston Bruins, Boston Gardens, 1977 Dick Raphael/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Announcing the first retirement of Guy Lafleur The Archives / The Journal of Montreal

The QMJHL restores Guy Lafleur’s number 4 on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at the Videotron Center in Quebec STEVENS LEBLANC / JOURNAL DE QUEBEC / QMI AGENCY

At least 75 sports personalities have confirmed their attendance, including Ken Dryden, Joe Sakic, Luc Robitaille, Canadian captain Shea Weber and all of the team’s current issue and staff. Also in attendance will be National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and several former CH star players.


Preparations for Guy Lafleur's funeral at Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral were in full swing yesterday.

Photo agency QMI, Joël Lemay

Preparations for Guy Lafleur’s funeral at Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral were in full swing yesterday.

Elders will speak

Few details have been leaked about the course of the state funeral in honor of “Flower”.

We already know that former Canada goalkeeper Patrick Roy will be speaking. According to our information, Geoff Molson, Yvan Cournoyer, Larry Robinson and Guy Carbonneau are also expected to testify.

In addition, the singer Ginette Reno will perform one of her big hits, The essential.

– With Jean-Francois Chaumont

OR ?

Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

WHO ?

Monsignor Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, will preside over the funeral, accompanied by Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec.

IF ?

8 o’clock
Closure of Rue Peel (partial), Boulevard René-Lévesque (partial) and L’Avenue-des-Canadiens.

10:30 am
The procession leaves the Bell Centre.

11 clock
beginning of the celebration.

14 o’clock
opening of lanes.

ACCOMPANY

The procession is escorted by representatives of the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), including its cavalry.

GENERAL PUBLIC OUTSIDE

Outside space is reserved for the public. Access to the interior of the cathedral is reserved for guests.

DISTRIBUTED EVERYWHERE

The route of the procession and the ceremony will be broadcast on television, the internet and on screens inside and outside the cathedral.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE CONFIRMED THEIR PRESENCE

  • Francois Legault
  • Isabelle Brais
  • Justin Trudeau
  • Sophie Gregoire Trudeau
  • Francois Paradise
  • Isabelle Charest
  • Sonja Lebel
  • Andre Laforest
  • Lionel Carmant
  • Pascale St Onge
  • Valerie Plante
  • Gary Bettman
  • Rejean Houle
  • Yvan Cournoyer
  • Guy Carbonneau
  • Vincent Damphousse
  • Yvon Lambert
  • Pierre Mondo
  • Mario Tremblay
  • Chris Nilan
  • Larry Robinson
  • Steve Penney
  • Doug Jarvis
  • Patrick Roy
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Steve beginning
  • Sergio Momesso
  • Franz Bouillon
  • Pierre Bouchard
  • Patrice Brisebois
  • Benoit Brunet
  • Enrico Cicone
  • Ronald Corey
  • Pierre Dagenais
  • Peter Dallas Riva
  • Lucien Deblois
  • Gilbert Delorme
  • Ken Dryden
  • Mike Keane
  • Gaëtan Lefebvre
  • Kirk Mueller
  • John Peron
  • Luc Robaille
  • Stephane Quintal
  • John Martineau
  • Joe Sakic
  • Darryl Sittler
  • Glen Healy
  • Brian Jennings
  • Denis Coderre
  • Jake Allen
  • Josh Anderson
  • Justin Baron
  • Paul Byron
  • Cole Kaufield
  • Kale Clague
  • Laurent Dauphin
  • Jonathan Drouin
  • Christian Dworak
  • Joel Edmundson
  • Jake Evans
  • Brendan Gallagher
  • Jordan Harris
  • Mike Hoffman
  • William Lageson
  • Mathieu Perréault
  • Jeff Petry
  • Michael Pezzetta
  • Rem Pitlick
  • Tyler Pitlick
  • Ryan Pohling
  • Carey Prize
  • Alexander Romanov
  • Davis Savard
  • Nick Suzuki
  • Shea Weber
  • Chris Weitman
  • Martin Saint Louis
  • Jeff Gorton
  • KentHughes


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