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A national funeral will be held for hockey legend Guy Lafleur next week

A national funeral will be held for hockey legend Guy Lafleur next week
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A national funeral for Guy Lafleur is being planned for the beginning of May.

Last week, Montrealers learned the news that NHL legend, Guy Lafleur, had passed away at only 70-years-old. While the cause of death has yet to be announced, Lafleur had experienced several health problems towards the end of his life.

This last Saturday, the Quebec government made the announcement that there will be a national funeral held at The Bell Centre to honour his life.

"This national funeral in tribute to the memory of Mr. Guy Lafleur bears witness to all the admiration and love that Quebecers have for him," said Quebec Premier François Legault. "He marked our history and our national culture forever. We will pay him a well-deserved tribute for the great man he was."

Having captured five Stanley Cup titles throughout the course of his legendary career, Guy Lafleur was undoubtedly one of the best hockey players of all time.

The national ceremony will take place on May 3rd at the Bell Centre, and Lafleur will be lying in state on May 1 from noon to 8 p.m. and on May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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