People honor Lafleur, not CH!

Let’s wrap up the celebration in honor of Guy Lafleur at the Bell Center on Sunday night.

  • These are the people who honor Guy Lafleur. People started the party. People are the cause of trembling. By publishing his unconditional love.
  • Moreover, yes, Canada tried to pay tribute to a great deceased, but it was Guy Lafleur who really celebrated Canada by remembering that the torch had to be passed on so that the great institution could once again be what it was before.
  • As with his entire career, Guy Lafleur has provided the Canadian. Goals, championships, Stanley Cup, glory and tens of millions of tickets and advertising sold. It took the arrival of a woman, France Margaret Bélanger, to start the change.


A columnist specializing in large celebration ceremonies (it should be in London Times o sa world) would have given weight to the orderliness of the ceremony on Sunday before the game against the Bruins.

I use the word “sobriety” not to refer to poverty. But, basically, there aren’t many other ways to approach these emotional moments.

The scenario and the game are limited to two songs that Guy likes and chooses, and a short video.

But in doing so, we provide space for improvisation. In the real emotion of the Bell Center fans. And when emotion replaced Michel Lacroix’s solemn tone, so did the tremors invade the crowd and the audience.

Once again, Blond Demon kept the show for the Canadian. The singing, shouting and applause became a blank presentation to the festival of love. People for one himself. Was he crowned with a glory that will disappear from history.


When we closed the Forum with Denis Bouchard as director, we had time. I started working on the script three months before the scheduled date in March. Jack Todd, my experienced colleague, prepared the English adaptation in some respects. And Denis Bouchard, on the very afternoon of the closing, held a final general rehearsal by using ushers and Forum ushers to play the role of Rocket, Dickie Moore and other great honorees of the night. . .

At this point, the Canadian can no longer walk very fast and very far. What would have happened if there had been leaks informing the public that CH’s marketing department was working on the script of the ceremony a month before Flower died?

Although in fact, Radio-Canada, The Press, The newspaperLCN and other major media are already preparing specials and reports that have been prepared in advance for weeks and months.

The Canadian does not enjoy that latitude.

This is why we had to improvise the work and why the only rehearsal of the ceremony took place in a hall at the Bell Center on Sunday afternoon.


The former Canadiens, sitting behind the bench, had tears in their eyes. Thousands of fans cried. Hundreds of thousands more are trapped emotionally in front of their televisions.

Those who just don’t seem to understand what happened are wearing Glorious uniforms. Because only a small minority of them understood French, they did not understand the true message sent by the legendary Flower. Passed the torch, accepted it and carried it high.

If you’re 32 out of 32, it’s still embarrassing.

But it’s not just their fault that they seem indifferent and a little confused.

For 10 years, Marc Bergevin, no doubt with the blessing or weakness of Geoff Molson, did everything to keep the elderly away from his plumbers. Gilbert Delorme, Yvan Cournoyer, Yvon Lambert are separated from today’s wealthy players by the heavy black curtains of the Bell Center.

And even during the golf tournament, we were able to manage the players, to protect them from the elderly. Suddenly …

Yes. Suddenly they realized what an honor it was to wear the Canadiens jersey and take the torch to Flying French.


There is hope. A few weeks ago, Geoff Molson, president of the Canadiens, and France Margaret Bélanger, president of Groupe CH, visited Guy Lafleur at home.

They chatted for a good time.

When it was time to leave the house, Lafleur got up and slowly walked towards the door of his house. By arranging for us to bring two cases to his No. 10 gin for the visit.

“Let’s see, it doesn’t have to be,” Ms. Bélanger.

Flower didn’t answer and she smiled. Then he grabbed France Margaret by the hands and pulled her towards him. The two gave each other a big hug, a hug that turned into a hug of friendship and warmth …

A hug that really saddens this businessman to be tough. Very difficult.

Yesterday, France Margaret Bélanger could not recount her visit without starting to cry …

He, he understood.

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