"This was more than a hockey video game. Those exact same fans cheered when Lafleur scored two objectives on the Montreal net.

Hockey fans loved Guy Lafleur enough to pay sky-high ticket rates to see him playing-- for the other group.

On Feb. 4, 1989, fans -- some paying scalpers $300 for a single ticket -- packed the Montreal Forum to see Lafleur take the ice for the New York Rangers.

It was his very first return to the ice in Montreal since his retirement from the game four seasons previously.

Man Lafleur's return to the Montreal Forum came four seasons after he abruptly retired from hockey. 0:28

"This was more than a hockey game. It was a homecoming," the CBC's Lynn Herzeg reported on The National, explaining the two standing ovations the Montreal fans provided to Lafleur during the game.

Those exact same fans cheered when Lafleur scored 2 goals on the Montreal internet. He also notched a help.

Montreal won the game by a rating of 7-5. Lafleur, the returning Hall of Famer and hockey hero, was named the 2nd star of the video game.

'They were extremely delighted'

Later that month, Lafleur spoke to CBC's Midday about what it was like for him to take the ice at the Forum, where Habs fans had actually cheered him on throughout the first 14 seasons of his career.

Man Lafleur discusses his go back to hockey and specifically to dipping into the Montreal Forum. 1:13

"It was very psychological, I was very anxious prior to the video game, so I'm pleased that it's over right now," Lafleur stated of that video game.

"But I'm glad, too, that I did extremely well and individuals when they went out to the Forum, they were really happy."

Lafleur would wind up playing just a single season with the Rangers prior to finishing out his career with 2 seasons playing for the Quebec Nordiques.

Guy Lafleur bet the New York Rangers during the 1988-89 NHL season. (DK Photo/Getty Images)


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