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December 20, 2018

On this date in 1983, "The Blond Demon" Guy Lafleur reached a career milestone in a Montreal Canadiens jersey.

Lafleur became just the 10th NHL player to score 500 goals as teammate Steve Shutt posted his 400th career goal in the same game, a 6-0 rout of the New Jersey Devils. Lafleur also became the fourth player to score their 500th career goal in a Canadiens jersey, joining fellow NHL legends Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Frank Mahovlich.

Known as a prolific scorer, Lafleur became a core component of a dominant Canadiens team that won four Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979. On a team whose history is filled with legends of the NHL, Lafleur remains the all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history. He won three Art Ross Trophies (most points scored), two Hart Memorial Trophies (most valuable player), three Lester B. Pearson Awards (best player as voted on by the NHL Players Association) and a Conn Smythe Trophy (MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs).

Lafleur was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 but would come out of retirement to play three more seasons, playing for the New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques. 

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