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SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Philip Lafon

Phil Lafon in an International Wrestling publicity photo, when he was known as Phil Lafleur.

REAL NAME: Philip Lafon
ALIASES: Dan Kroffatt, Phil Lafleur
BORN: September 16, 1961 in Montreal, Quebec

 Lafon is originally from Quebec, but has lived in Calgary for years while trying to make his break into the WWF.
 
 He spent time on both the Montreal Grand Prix circuit and the Stampede circuit out west before heading to the Orient.
 
  In Japan he has experienced tremendous success as a partner of Doug Furnas. But that success hasn't translated into North American fame.
 
  The duo joined the WWF in late 1996, but haven't caught the attention of the fans or the promoters. A car accident in June 1997 put both Lafon and Furnas out of action for months.
 
  Lafon has also wrestled under the pseudonyms of Dan Kroffatt, after a Calgary-based wrestler 'Cowboy' Dan Kroffat; and Phil Lafleur, a tribute to his love of the Montreal Canadiens.


Stories

  • April 7, 2010: Phil Lafon returns to the ring
    Memories

     Ever since hearing about Dan Kroffatt in sheets and magazines I thought this gut seems special, then when he made his WWF debut with Doug Furnas his skills were awesome the fans took to him and him and Doug looked to be very promising. But the WWF pushed them aside and they got in a car wreck his career has diminished but hopefully being in the Hart Foundation (if there is still one???) will revive him.
     Warnke Family
      I think the WWF should take the opportunity of the car accident to repair their mistake. They should allow Phil to book his finishes as he did in Japan. He then could become one of the great bookers in the WWF history. Vince should let him compete in the light heavyweight division. He would do great against Taka or Tajiri. They can also push him and Doug on the top of the tag team league as part of the Hart Foundation. If Vince doesn't push him he should get out of the WWF or his career and reputation might be over. And that should never happen!!!!
     Matt
     I remember in the 80's when Dan Kroffat used to team up with ALOFA "the Polynesian Prince" in INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING. He was super awesome and I was glad to see him resurface in the WWF. For almost a decade, before he entered the WWF, I really missed him and kept on watching wrestling to see if he was coming back (from working in Japan).
      In International Wrestling, he feuded with the LONGRIDERS and others alongside TOM ZENK, ARMAND ROUGEAU, RICK MARTEL, ALOFA, and STEVE STRONG.
      Lafon (Kroffat) is definitely a superb peformer.
     Mike Vo
     I remember watching a Montreal wrestling promotion on City TV in the mid-80's. They showed clips of a new wrestler coming to the promotion named "Dan Kroffat". I freaked out during these clips because he did this move where he had his opponent in an airplane spin position in the corner of the ring. He than ran forward and did a FRONT FLIP (with the opponent still on his back) crushing the guy underneath him. It was one of the most spectacular moves I had ever seen for that era of wrestling.
      Gerry Villapando
      I remember Dan from International Wrestling. I used to watch him at the Sudbury Arena. He was a great performer and my favourite memory is sitting with him as a wide eyed teenager while he scouted Steve Strong. The next match at the Arena Dan wrestled Steve. He didn't win but I was proud of him for trying, he did give up about 75-100 lbs. Good luck Dan
      Dan Barrett
      Whatever happened to Phil AKA Dan after his WWF stint? I met him in San Juan. He was a very hard worker. He trained and worked out all the time. It certainly would be nice to see him in the US again.
     snorthern57