The Montreal Canadiens, the most famed and historic of all the National Hockey League franchises, retired Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 jersey to the rafters at the Bell Centre on Saturday.
The ceremony took place prior to puck drop between the host Habs and visiting Minnesota Wild.
Lapointe’s will be the 18th Habs jersey to be retired and marks the last of the Big Three defencemen from the Habs’ juggernaut team of the 1970s to get the honour — Serge Savard’s No. 18 was retired in 2006 and Larry Robinson’s No. 19 in 2007.
“I’ve been thinking about this every day ever since (Canadiens owner) Geoff Molson told me about it in June,” said Lapointe, as per The Canadian Press.