The month of November in the National Hockey League (NHL) is dedicated to the fight against cancer, and several former teammates and opponents of Guy Lafleur wanted to express their best wishes to him, who must face the recurrence of his disease.
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The legendary Montreal Canadiens player suffers from lung cancer. On November 28, 2019, he had undergone an operation to remove the upper lobe of one of his lungs, in addition to removal of the lymph nodes. He had also undergone open heart surgery in September of the same year to perform a fivefold bypass surgery.
The NHL has brought together several ex-players, including Mats Sundin, John Ogrodnick and Tie Domi. Former Blond Demon teammates such as Mario Tremblay, Chris Nilan and Larry Robinson also sent a message of hope to the top scorer in CH history.
“” Flower “, I just wanted to tell you that I think of you every day, you are going to go through this ordeal,” said Réjean Houle, ex-teammate and great friend of Lafleur.
“You are on our team, we are here for you. Keep fighting, and we want you to know that we love you, ”said Alumni Association President Glenn Healy.
The NHL created the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative in 1998. The organization works in collaboration with several associations fighting against the disease to bring support to patients and invites teams to participate in their own community.