NHL great Guy Lafleur recovering from more surgery two months after quadruple bypass


Montreal Canadiens great Guy Lafleur has undergone additional surgery, just two months after quadruple bypass heart surgery.

At the request of the Lafleur family, the team released a statement Sunday about the procedure, performed Thursday.

“Guy Lafleur underwent surgery at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (CHUM) on November 28,” the team said. “This procedure was performed in order to remove a lobe on one of his lungs, as well as to remove ganglions.”

Lafleur had heart surgery on Sept. 26.

The statement said the recent operation was successful and that Lafleur will remain under observation before returning home to continue his recovery. Lafleur’s family thanked his medical team and hospital personnel.

The 68-year-old native of Thurso, Que. played 1,126 career NHL games from 1971 to 1991, registering 560 goals and 793 assists. Lafleur spent the first 14 years of his career with the Canadiens, followed by a three-year retirement. He then played with the New York Rangers for one season and the Quebec Nordiques for two. Most of those three seasons were played after he’d been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.

Lafleur became the first player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons. He also holds the record for points as a Canadien and helped the club win the Stanley Cup five times.

Lafleur, named one of the NHL’s top 100 players in 2017, was the sixth Canadien to have his number (10) retired.

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