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National funeral today in Montreal for Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur


Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur was remembered today as a father, a teammate and a person of exceptional generosity.


At a national funeral in downtown Montreal, Lafleur was described as someone who inspired generations of Quebecers both on and off the ice.


His son, Martin Lafleur, said his father always made time for his family and wanted to take care of everyone -- “even people he didn't know.”


He told the crowd at Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral that his father wasn't perfect, but did everything he could to make his family happy.


Hockey hall of famers Yvon Cournoyer, Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau and Patrick Roy were among the first to pay tribute to the Habs legend, who died last month at age 70 after battling lung cancer.


Those in attendance included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Francois Legault.


Quebec singer Ginette Reno sang L'Essentiel during the funeral service.


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