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Montreal Canadiens icon Guy Lafleur died at the age of 70, his family announced Friday.

The cause of death was not immediately made known. On Tuesday, the Canadiens acknowledged reports of his health, asking for fans to respect the privacy of LaFleur and his family.

Nicknamed “The Flower,” he helped lead the Canadiens to five Stanley Cups in the 1970s, including four consecutive championships from 1976-79. He also won three straight Art Ross Trophies during that span.

LaFleur is the franchise’s all-time assists and points leader with 728 and 1,246, respectively. He also ranks second in career goals for Montreal behind Maurice Richard.

The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted LaFleur in 1988.

Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur’s lung cancer has returned, the team announced Wednesday.

Lafleur, 69, underwent surgery in December to remove a lobe from one of his lungs and ganglions.

“It’s a big blow, but I am continuing my battle with confidence and serenity thanks to the support of the CHUM (Hospital Saint-Luc in Montreal),” Lafleur said, according to Global News’ Kalina Laframboise.

The Hall of Famer will undergo immunotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, according to the hospital.

Lafleur is the Canadiens’ all-time points leader with 1,246 in 961 games for the club, and he ranks 27th in all-time NHL scoring, amassing 1,353 points across 1,126 career contests.

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Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur had surgery Thursday to remove a lobe from one of his lungs and ganglions, the team announced on behalf of his family Sunday.

According to the club’s statement, Lafleur’s operation was successful. He’ll remain under observation at a Montreal hospital and is expected to return home in the coming days to continue his recovery.

The 68-year-old underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery in September.

Lafleur is the Canadiens’ all-time points and assists leader, and he ranks second in franchise history in career goals.

The Hockey Hall of Famer won the Stanley Cup five times with Montreal in the 1970s.

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Former Montreal Canadiens great Guy Lafleur believes it’s pretty clear what his former team needs to do to get better.

Lafleur was at a charity event Wednesday where he insisted that changes need to come to the team’s roster, while making a brash observation.

“The offseason? They have to get some better players (laughs),” Lafleur told Pro Hockey Talk. “The way I look at it right now, there’s no first line, second line, third line. I think they have four fourth lines.”

Lafleur also questioned how the team could completely fall apart without its No. 1 goalie.

“It’s strange to see that one man could make a big difference because Carey Pricedoesn’t score any goals,” Lafleur said. “Some of the guys, some of the leaders have to show up a bit more and they have to take charge.”

After starting the season 9-0-0, the Canadiens sit sixth in the Atlantic Division, nine points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

MONTREAL – A Quebec Superior Court justice has ruled against Montreal Canadiens great Guy Lafleur in his $2.16 million civil suit against police and the Crown over a 2008 arrest.

Lafleur was seeking damages stemming from an arrest for giving contradictory testimony at his son’s bail hearing.

He claimed the Crown and police were cavalier in issuing the arrest warrant and that his reputation was tarnished by the heavily reported event. Lafleur alleged he consequently suffered financial losses and health problems.

Justice Andre Wery wrote that the theory of a conspiracy advanced by Lafleur’s lawyers was not based on fact, but rather on speculation on the work of justice officials who were just doing their jobs.

The police and Crown maintained they were justified in proceeding with the warrant given the seriousness of the rare Criminal Code offense.

Lafleur was arrested in 2008 and found guilty in 2009, but the conviction was overturned on appeal in 2010.

To some he is a real pest, but to Montreal Canadiens great Guy Lafleur, Brendan Gallagher is a leader.

Lafleur handed out the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence to university and junior ranked student-athletes in Quebec on Wednesday where he gave his pitch for Gallagher as the team’s next captain.

“I like the way he plays,” Lafleur told reporters. “He shows up every night and gives 100 percent. I think he’s a great influence on his teammates.

“A captain shouldn’t be chosen on the amount of goals he’s going to score.”

The Hall of Famer has stood loyal to his former team and loves what he has seen from the pesky 23-year-old.

“That guy (Gallagher) really impressed me every night I saw him play,” Lafleur said. “He’s aggressive, he wants to win. He gets some bad shots from opponents, he takes a lot of hits and there’s not too many guys on the team that work like he does.”

The Canadiens played without a captain for the 2014-15 season, instead naming Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, and Tomas Plekanec assistants after former captain Brian Gionta signed with the Buffalo Sabres.

LAVAL, Que. — The thrill of a big win was replaced by reflection as the New York Rangers shared some pain with teammate Martin St. Louis by attending his mother’s funeral on Sunday.

The entire team and coaching staff went to the funeral in a suburb north of Montreal where St. Louis grew up. They were joined by hockey personalities like Montreal Canadiens great Guy Lafleur and Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos.

“It was a very personal matter for Marty,” said Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh. “We just wanted to be there to support him and his family.

“He’s been tremendous through this whole process. It’s great to have someone like that on our squad.”

His mother, France St. Louis, died suddenly three days before Mother’s Day in the middle of the Rangers’ series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. She as 63.

St. Louis didn’t miss a game and provided a lift to his teammates as they battled back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series.

Then the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 7-2 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, with St. Louis scoring the opening goal early in the first period.

The best-of-seven series resumes Monday night at the Bell Centre.

New York coach Alain Vigneault’s voice choked with emotion as he described the service.

“The New York Rangers family has been touched by a little Quebec family in a deep, profound way,” he said. “It was a very emotional, very moving time for our team to have the opportunity to be there and share that with Marty and his family.

“Marty took the podium and shared some incredible moments. It was a deep message. It was a challenging day for us.”

Centre Brad Richards, who won a Stanley Cup with St. Louis when they played together with the Lightning, said the death has helped the 38-year-old scoring star bond with the Rangers, who he joined at the March 5 NHL trade deadline.

“I think it’s going to help just to get his mind off two things: Trying to play and then trying to make sure he’s doing all the right things for his family and his dad, and do what his mom would want,” said Richards. “We all know this will probably hit him when hockey is over and he has time to reflect.

“But he’s done an unbelievable job keeping everything together and helping his sister and his dad get through this. You wouldn’t expect anything else.”

A handful of hockey fans watched as the Rangers dismounted from the team bus and entered the Laval funeral home.

Habs fan Jeff Quinn, who drove from Saint John, N.B. with his girlfriend to see Saturday’s game, said he’s always admired St. Louis and came to pay his respects.

Quinn said the death of St. Louis’ mother seems to have brought the Rangers closer.

“With Marty and his teammates, it was just one of those rallying points,” he said. “In sports, that’s huge — when everybody gets together.”