Lapointe Emerged As A Go-To Guy


Guy Lapointe was one of the young defensemen on Team Canada that ended up impressing everyone tremendously.

Lapointe almost declined his invitation to Team Canada. His first wife was due to give birth to their first child that September. But Guy did go and just missed the birth of his son.

"I did not go to Czechoslovakia [for an exhibition game that followed the series win over the Soviet Union]," Lapointe said in a Globe and Mail report in 1997. "I had to get home because my son was two days old by then."

Guy played in 7 of the 8 games against the Soviets, including the opening game in Montreal.

"Everybody was excited after we scored two goals," he said. "We could see even after we got those goals we were in for a fight.

"They were in pretty good shape, but the most impressive thing was how skilled they were. Usually you see two lines on a team, five, six or seven guys, that are skilled. But every one of them had speed and could move the puck. It was pretty impressive."

The Team Canada defensemen were unheralded both then and now for the effort and intelligence they displayed. Facing the speedy and creative Russians and their intricate passing plays was much more of an adjustment for the defensemen than it was for the forwards. As the series went on, Canada's blueliners adapted nicely and got much better, including Guy.

Guy missed game 4 in Vancouver due to a collection of bumps and bruises, but by that time he had already cemented his spot on the rosters

Guy, known for his charisma and love of practical jokes, puts the Canadian fan support the team received while in Russia as an equally important memory as the victory itself. 

The team had received literally thousands of letters and telegrams from well-wishers. In addition, more than 3000 Canadian fans made their way to Moscow, and boisterously cheered on their team without fail.

"I'm not sure we would have won without them," he said in a very true statement.

1972 Summit Series.com Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #25 - Guy Lapointe - Defense
 

Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Born: 3/18/1948 Montreal, Quebec
1972 NHL Team: Montreal Canadiens


Summit Series Statistics

GP Pts PIM SOG SAG +/-
7 0 1 1 6 15 28 -3

Other Team Canada Appearances

Guy Lapointe was a member of the inaugural Canada Cup team in 1976. That victorious team is considered to be the greatest Team Canada ever, as a line-up boasting 16 Hall of Famers defeated the upstart Czechs in the historic tournament.

NHL Career Notes - Along with Serge Savard and Larry Robinson, Lapointe was one of "The Big Three" defensemen with the Montreal Canadiens during the dynasty years in the 1970s. Lapointe, a 4 time All Star, got his name etched on the Stanley Cup six times in his career.

Career NHL Statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
Regular Season 884 171 451 622 893
NHL Playoffs  123 26 44 70 138

 

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