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Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur passes away at 70

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The NHL lost another legendary player today as former Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur has passed away at the age of 70, confirmed by the team this morning.

This is the second tragic death in the world of hockey during this past week.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Guy Lafleur," Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said in a statement. "All members of the Canadiens organization are devastated by his passing. Guy Lafleur had an exceptional career and always remained simple, accessible, and close to the Habs and hockey fans in Quebec, Canada and around the world. Throughout his career, he allowed us to experience great moments of collective pride. He was one of the greatest players in our organization while becoming an extraordinary ambassador for our sport."

Lafleur had been receiving cancer treatment since September of 2019, when a cancerous spot had been found on his lung while he was undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Lafleur began his NHL career in 1971, becoming a key member of the Canadiens dynasty that took the league by storm, which saw Montreal win 6 Stanley Cups over the span of 10 years.

Here's a tweet from Canadian PM Justin Trudeau this morning discussing the death of the Canadian sports icon.

Many more notable NHL players and fans took to twitter to pay tribute to the legend.

The NHL Hall-of-famer had 560 goals, 1353 points over 1126 games played over a 17-year career with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques.