Tuesday, December 11, 2012

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #26 Guy Lafleur

"The Flower"

My favourite player growing up.

The wicked speed, the accuracy, and the flowing hair... Guy Lafleur was legendary the moment he first stepped on the ice for the Montreal Canadiens. It was his 4th year in the NHL before he became a superstar but everyone knew that it was inevitable.

During his career, mostly with Montreal, he scored 1,353 points (560 goals, 793 assists) in 1,127 games to rank 26th in NHL history. He also added another 134 points in 128 playoff games. Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, Lafleur is one of the few players who played after his induction as he had retired prematurely.

Still the Canadiens all-time leading scorer, Lafleur won three Art Ross Trophies (1976, 1977, 1978), two Hart Memorial Trophies (1977, 1978), three Lester B. Pearson Awards (1976, 1977, 1978), and one Conn Smythe Trophy (1977).

As one of my favourite players, it did take a little time to get some Lafleur autographs into my collection. From 2007-08 In The Game Ultimate comes this dual autograph/memorabilia card /24 featuring Lafleur with Jean Beliveau. Also from 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup comes this hard-signed Stanley Cup Signatures /50 autograph of Guy Lafleur in the bleu, blanc, et rouge.

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