twenty-four ways of looking at guy lafleur

The Thurso Kid: Guy Lafleur in action at the Montreal Forum in April of 1978 against the Detroit Red Wings. Guarding the goal behind him is Ron Low. (Image: Daniel Lessard, Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec)

A resilient, indestructible warrior

the 10-year-old stripling
the little man who could fire the puck with amazing velocity
in a perfect imitation of Bobby Hull
the sensitive right-winger
the young sharpshooter
the Thurso kid
the talent-laden athlete
the 25-year-old Canadiens hireling
some sort of enigma?
a torrential scorer
the peaceful hockey player
the indestructible athlete
a counterfeit hero
the ferocious skater
not made of papier-mâché
the uncontested master
a little boy lost
a perfectionist
the little devil
something of a hockey maniac

• descriptions collected from the pages of Claude Larochelle’s
Guy Lafleur: Hockey’s #1 (1978)