Quebec Premier Francois Legault has confirmed that a state funeral will be held for Guy Lafleur, the Montreal Canadiens superstar and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, who died Friday at the age of 70.
Legault tweeted the decision Sunday morning, saying Lafleur’s family had accepted the Quebec government’s proposal.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 3 at Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral in downtown Montreal.
Visitations will take place at the Bell Center on May 1 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the legend of the Montreal Canadiens will be laid in a chapel of rest.
Lafleur, a Hall of Famer who led the Canadiens to four straight Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s and is still the Habs’ all-time point guard, has died at age 70. He had battled health issues, including a recurrence of lung cancer in October 2020.
The state funeral announcement for Lafleur follows similar honors for other Canadiens icons, Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau, in 2000 and 2014 respectively.
Number 10 ‘in our collective memory’
Legault held a press conference after Lafleur’s death on Friday, announcing the government was in talks with the family about a state funeral.
“I think it’s a whole people who are in mourning and it’s normal that they can say goodbye to Guy Lafleur, said Legault.
“Number 10 will be in our collective memory, forever.”
Legault said the government has also opened an online platform condolence book on the Quebec.ca site, so that all Quebecers who wish to share a message in honor of Lafleur can do so. The register will then be passed on to his family.
On Sunday, the Montreal Canadiens said they would honor Lafleur in their game tonight. All team players will wear a number 10 crest on their jerseys and participate in a ceremony celebrating Lafleur and his accomplishments.
Canadians have also created an online platform condolence bookinviting people to share their memories of the hockey icon.