The Montréal Canadiens will honour former defenceman Guy Lapointe on Nov. 8, 2014. The team will pay tribute to Lapointe by retiring his jersey number 5 before the Canadiens-Wild game at the Bell Centre.
Lapointe was a six-time Stanley Cup winner with the Canadiens in the 1970s. A one-time First Team All-Star and three-time Second Team All-Star, he was part of the Canadiens Big Three defence core with Larry Robinson and Serge Savard. In 1993, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Lapointe will be the 18th player to have his number retired by the Canadiens. It is also the first Canadiens’ jersey retirement in five years.
Along with his career with the Canadiens, Lapointe also helped Canada win the 1972 Summit Series and 1976 Canada Cup. After his days with the Canadiens, he also played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins.
Previous players honoured by the Canadiens: Howie Morenz (1937), Maurice Richard (1960), Jean Béliveau (1971), Henri Richard (1975), Guy Lafleur (1985), Doug Harvey (1985), Jacques Plante (1995), Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer (2005), Bernie Geoffrion (2006), Serge Savard (2006), Ken Dryden (2007), Larry Robinson (2007), Bob Gainey (2008), Patrick Roy (2008), Elmer Lach and Emile Bouchard (2009).