On January 30, 2021, I was blessed that Guy Lafleur agreed to launch this new column. His legendary generosity allowed me to share beautiful moments with you. He was beaming on the phone, his laughter was infectious and he was confident of winning his battle with cancer. Lately, he was very keen for me to deliver this message to you: “Thank you fans for all you have done for me and I love you”. Here is the content of my conversation for my column with Guy Lafleur.
Hello Guy, thank you for taking the time to talk to me. He replies: “I am clearing my car of snow. Once the case is over, I go inside the house 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 is the first person to have believed in your talent?
It was Normand Chouinard who helped me with my studies at Thurso. I never forgot his words, which I understand better today: “Guy, one day, you won’t belong to yourself. »
Are you still active?
I do walks with my dogs and treadmill.
A talent for manual work?
I had to change my four doors to the house. I made a small mistake by first cutting off the top of the doors. Result: four new doors, and hire a carpenter.
A childhood memory ?
I often think of the wonderful times I spent with my mother and father, and the family get-togethers at Thurso.
A great pain?
My son Marc’s health problems affected me a lot. Today, I am proud to see him assert himself in life.
Lately an emotional moment for you?
Last summer, I was at the CHUM to undergo treatments, when I ran into Derek Aucoin. The message of hope that Derek gave me touched me deeply.
Tell me about your agent.
It means a lot to me to work closely with my son Martin.
Longest trip as captain of your boat?
For a few years, I went boating in the summer all over Quebec. My longest trip took me from Montreal to the Magdalen Islands.
Longest trip in a helicopter?
I traveled to Las Vegas. It took me three days to complete the journey.
A crush on a landscape?
On my helicopter trip to Las Vegas, I was so blown away by the vastness of the Grand Canyon and the desert.
I have no talent for singing and even less as a musician, I am not even able to play musical spoons.
It is without a doubt that my mother and my father were proud of me.
Your first job?
When I was younger, during the summer, I worked on the family farm. I loved cleaning the animal pen, hand milking the cows and driving the tractor.
The first meal you made for your future wife?
I lived in an apartment in Longueuil. I had prepared a macaroni and cheese for Lise, but I had forgotten to put the noodles in the water. The result: rock-hard pasta.
Your first car?
Before signing my contract with the Remparts de Québec junior, I used to ride my bike because I didn’t have a car until the day the Remparts gave me a Buick Le Saber.
Have you always liked dogs?
At the beginning of my career with the Canadiens, I rented a townhouse in L’Île-des-Sœurs. They advised me that it was my dog or me who had to leave. I left with my dog.
The name of your first team?
In my first year, I played in the mosquito, pee-wee and bantam categories of Thurso.
Favorite city in the United States?
Los Angeles, with its magnificent restaurants that Claude Quenneville, descriptor of the Canadiens matches, the Quebec actor Donald Pilon and I were discovering.
I like to enjoy a good Italian meal and Québec dishes for the holidays.
Did you like your experience as a restaurateur?
Yes, but I found it unfortunate not to be able to be present every evening to welcome customers.
A precious moment of relaxation?
With a big laugh: at the Menick barber’s at 6 o’clock in the morning, while I amuse myself discussing everything and nothing with him.
The influence of your father?
When I saw him sitting on the edge of the boards near the net in the Forum, his gaze at me during a break was my biggest motivator.
Do you think you are succeeding Maurice Richard and Jean Béliveau?
I never succeeded Maurice Richard or Jean Béliveau. It’s rather a privilege for me to be part of this trio.
What does Quebec City represent to you?
Quebec is my second home. My participation in the pee-wee tournament, winning the Memorial Cup, my meeting with Lise, who would later become my wife, and the place where I ended my career.