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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sept 20--Guy Lafleur

Before we get to Flower, all is well in Leafland. We now have hockey, hockey and more hockey as opposed to hockey. Leafs beat Sens last night in pre-season(wonder why they're not called exhibition games anymore) and the plans for the parade are well under way. I was listening to The Fan 590 radio going to work yesterday and they were discussing Sundays NFL games and taking calls. Of course, Bob from Newmarket wanted to discuss the fourth line on the Leafs. On Leafs TV, I can watch and listen to Bob (Big Daddy) McGill rehash the Leafs victory. Now we're back to normal and I'm loving it.

Now todays birthday post is brought to you by

Guy Lafleur

Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 1 #1 overall 1971 NHL Amateur Draft.

Known as one of the greatest right wingers ever to play the game and one of the most exciting offensive players of all time, Lafleur was also known as "le Demon Blond" (the Blond Demon) for his long hair, wild rushes down the ice and booming shot.
In 1988 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but he believed he could still play and his love for the game hadn't diminished. He signed with the New York Rangers and played one year there, scoring 18 goals and getting 27 assists in 67 games, thus becoming only the second player after Gordie Howe to play in the NHL after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1971-1991Montreal, NYR, Quebec1,1265607931,353399
1972-1989Montreal, N.Y. Rangers128587613467

No, these  aren't the 2011 Parkhurst Champions Hockey wire photo autographed cards. These are the actual wire photos that newspapers used to receive. Got these signed IP in Toronto.

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