Flower power is coming to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Guy Lafleur, the man with the easy stride and trademark flowing locks, will be the guest speaker at the Winkler Flyers Annual Sportsman's Dinner at the Morden Recreation Centre on Saturday.
"Anytime you get a person of his quality it's a plus," MJHL commissioner Kim Davis said about Lafleur crossing paths with his league.
"Never mind the hockey player, everything I've heard about him has been positive. He's like Wayne Gretzky.
"He's a real person."
The Hall of Fame winger played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League, 14 of those coming with the Montreal Canadiens where he picked up five Stanley Cups, three league scoring titles, two Hart trophies, and one Conn Smythe as the most valuable player in the 1977 playoffs.
TWO MORE YEARS
He retired 19 games into the 1984-85 season, only to return three years later with the New York Rangers, scoring 18 goals and 27 assists in 67 games. He played two more years with the Quebec Nordiques before hanging them up for good in 1991.
Known for his quickness and blistering shot, 'The Flower' is the Canadiens all-time scoring leader, with 1,246 points.
Davis said Lafleur is one of those Canadian hockey icons whose star will never diminish.
"Even though his accomplishments were in the past, people still get really excited when they talk about them," he said.
"I'm looking forward to hearing him talk about those great Canadiens teams."
The fundraising evening will also include the unveiling of the Flyers '80s Tough Team and a sports memorabilia auction.
Minnesota Golden Gophers broadcaster Dick Jankowski will be the master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $100 and available by phone at (204) 362-3178.