Former Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur in Hot Water

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2008

Yesterday, an arrest warrant was issued for former member of the Montreal Canadiens and NHL legend Guy Lafleur, for contradictory statements in court.

Guy Lafleur's son, Mark Lafleur, was on probation for 22 different criminal charges committed between 2004 and 2007, including possession and distribution of narcotics, kidnapping, and physical and sexual assault on a teenager.

Among the conditions of Mark Lafleur, one of them stated that he should stay at his father's residence during the night. This condition has now proven to have been broken twice in October of 2007. It seems Guy Lafleur himself drove his son to a hotel to meet his new 16-year-old girlfriend in privacy.

When asked in court about those events, Lafleur denied and tried to protect his son.

Big mistake.

Now Guy Lafleur himself is dragged in front of justice, a story that is becoming sour for Montreal's ex-No. 10.

The warrant will be effective on Friday morning, but Lafleur will meet the police early this morning. Lafleur's lawyer is furious about the fact that the justice system issued a warrant for him.

His lawyer claims that to issue a warrant you must fear for the security of the population or plan to leave the country, two things unthinkable about Guy Lafleur. Lafleur's lawyer thinks that a warrant was not necessary and even abusive in this case.

The story is hurting Guy Lafleur's image and is very sad. He was dragged into trouble little by little by his own son.

The man was always known to be frank and I am convinced that he will face his responsibilities.

Any fault and punishment awarded to him in this story remains to be known.