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Where are they now? Guy Lapointe


MONTREAL | August 21st, 2009
Where are they now? Guy Lapointe
The Canadiens didn’t pile up 100 years of history without the blood, sweat and tears of the over 750 players to have ever worn the uniform. From the likes of Donald Audette to Zarley Zalapski, there are former Habs scattered all over the world. Although many hardcore Canadiens fans can rattle off the career accomplishments of hundreds of their old heroes, the question remains: what are these guys up to today? On the hot seat today: Guy Lapointe.

Where do you live now?
I was living in Calgary for the past 10 years, but I’m back home in Montreal now in Saint-Lazare. My grandkids are starting to get bigger and that really made me want to come back here and watch them grow up.  I wanted to be close to my family and I also wanted to get back to my roots.
What are you up to these days?
I was scouting for the Calgary Flames, but now I’m the coordinator of amateur scouting for the Minnesota Wild. I travel all around as part of my job – Quebec, Ontario, Europe, American colleges… When I’m in Quebec, there are a ton of teams I can check out at night and come home right after the game, which is nice. I’m actually in a really good position to keep track of everything in both Quebec and Ontario and I get to spend a little less time living out of suitcases and a little more time at home now, too.
Do you ever lace up the skates anymore?
The last time I laced up my skates to play an actual game was at the outdoor alumni game before the Heritage Classic in Edmonton. Other than that, I’ll probably skate around two or three times a year without equipment, just for fun.
Are you still in touch with your former teammates?
Yes, sort of. I cross paths with a lot of my old teammates at various functions and special events, but outside of that, I see the guys who are still involved in hockey, working for other organizations. In September, we always have our 1972 Series reunion where I’ll usually get to see a lot of the guys like Ken Dryden, Yvan Cournoyer and Frank and Peter Mahovlich.
Do you get out to many Canadiens games at the Bell Centre?
It’s pretty rare. I’d love to come more often, but with the nature of my work I’m usually on the road for long stretches of time. Then when I finally do get back home, I like to just spend quality time with my family.
Now that you work for Minnesota, would cheering for your old team kind of feel like cheating? 
No, not at all! When I get an opportunity to go to a game at the Bell Centre, I go. I don’t think it’ll cause a problem. I was born and raised in Montreal. I lived right next to Parc Lafontaine growing up and back then, I never could have dreamed that I’d get the chance to play for the Montreal Canadiens. I remember as a kid, my friends and I had paper routes just so we could save up enough money to buy one single ticket to a game at the Forum. What we would do, is one of us would go in with the ticket and then open up the side door and we’d all sprint in as fast as we could.  We’d mix in with the crowd so we wouldn’t get caught and we’d stand for the entire game just so we could watch.
What’s your most valued souvenir or piece of memorabilia that you’ve held on to since your playing days?
I’ve kept a few jerseys and a couple of other little souvenirs from back in my playing days. I gave my Stanley Cup rings to my kids. I love winning and every time was something I appreciated just as much as the first time. But definitely, that first Stanley Cup we won was the most special one of all.
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