Wednesday, June 8, 2011

TTM Success! Guy Lafleur! Le Démon Blond!!!

I am waaaaaaaay behind in posting my TTM autographs. You have no idea how far... so I better start posting.
So why not start with a really exciting one. Well, for me anyways... and they're my 'graphs, so shut it.

Today we feature The Blonde Demon, Guy Lafleur. Here's some stuff I swiped from wikipedia.

Lafleur is the all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history, notching 1,246 points (518 goals and 728 assists) in his 14 years with the Habs. He led the NHL in points in 1976, 1977, and 1978. He tied for a Montreal club record with Steve Shutt for goals in a season with 60 in 1977–78 and holds the franchise record for points in a season with 136 in 1976–77. Lafleur became the first player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons as a Hab. Lafleur was also the fastest player (at the time) to reach 1,000 points, doing so in only 720 games. That record has since been broken by Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and a few others.
He won three Art Ross Trophies (1976, 1977, 1978), two Hart Memorial Trophies (1977, 1978), three Lester B. Pearson Awards (1976, 1977, 1978), and one Conn Smythe Trophy (1977). He was a member of the Canadian team in the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cup tournaments, winning the Cup in 1976, and was the recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1977.
Lafleur was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988

Guy was kind enough to sign three cards for me...

 and three photos.... I'm rather fussy when I pick out what photos to send to people. Let's have some fun with these.... Here we see Guy attempting to score with at least four Cleveland Barons behind him. That's not good news for either Gilles Meloche or Gary Edwards, whichever baron goalie played this game. How did I know that? Let's look further....
 The Barons played two full seasons in the NHL, 1976/77 and 1977/78. This picture is from 1977/78. The Barons had a slight uniform change that year, as did Montreal, the only uniform change Montreal did in 30 seasons. This photos was taken at one of two games that season. December 27th, 1977 (a Habs 5-3 win) or February 23rd, 1978 (another Montreal win 5-1). Those are the only two home games Montreal had against Cleveland that season. Unfortunately, box scores are not easily available for that season. That also tells me that the hapless Baron player behind Lafleur is none other than the infamous defenceman, John Baby. No, I did not make that up.

The next photos is of Guy humiliating the Detroit Red Wings. Although in January of 1982, that wasn't too difficult. January of 1982??? Again, let's dive in for clues. First up, that sprawled goalie is none other than Bob Sauve. He had the best porn 'stache EVAR! Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police went to him for advice on how to cultivate such an epic upper lip caterpillar. This info makes tracking the game easy.
 Bob spent his first 6 1/2 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres before being traded to Detroit on December 2, 1981. The only road game Detroit had at Montreal that season after that trade was on January 30th, 1982. Bob re-signed with Buffalo after that 1981/82 season. Montreal won the game 5-3. Again, no box score to tell me if Guy scored here... but I think it's safe to say. But who is in the background??
Here's where it gets good. In the '81/82 season, more players started to wear helmets. But only four players still wore the old "Toilet Bowl" style seen on the background player. One was Lanny McDonald, but he never played for Detroit. The other three? All played for Detroit! And were all on the roster for this game in 1982!!! What are the chances? Am I too excited over this?? Anyways, It's not Mike Foligno, nor Dale McCourt, so that leaves Mr George Lyle! Come on down!

The last pic is just a great portrait shot...
Guy has just eliminated your team in overtime, slept with your girlfriend, and smoked a cigarette.

He's Guy Lafleur, and you're not.


  1. Wow, great choices for on card autos. Very nice stuff.

  2. Very nice autos! Lafleur was awesome.

    But that player in the background? It's not George Lyle. It's Danny Gare. Here's an alternate pic:

  3. 1967, you are right... George Lyle left Detroit on Nov 13, Danny Gare joined them Dec 2, both wore #18 for detroit and both wore the toilet bowl helmet.
    Nicely done!