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01-08-2004, 01:45 AM
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Originally Posted by HABitude
Lafleur was a big smoker. One pack a day. It helped him to relax the stress.

My close friend who's father was working at LaPresse (big job) in the '70s told me Lafleur was smoking cigarettes on the bench during games. He was faking he was attaching the laces of his skates and was smoking 2-3 puffs of a cigarette. To relax the tension. Every hab players at this time knew it, even the coach but hey, Lafleur was Lafleur, god on ice. I can't imagine something like happening today, even the best players of today doesn't have a chance to get away with this.

Do you think it was true?
Take in consideration the '70s were a crazy time.
Contrary to popular belief, smoking actually makes you more nervous over time. Once I quit, I calmed down a lot.

When you are young, you can smoke and skate all day, but it does catch up to you when you get older and I think it did to Lafleur.

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