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Canadiens to retire Guy Lapointe's No. 5 jersey

Wednesday - 6/18/2014, 5:07pm  ET

MONTREAL (AP) -- Guy Lapointe's No. 5 will hang from the Bell Centre rafters beginning next season when the Montreal Canadiens retire his jersey.

Lapointe will become the 18th player to be honored by the Canadiens with a jersey retirement and the second with the No. 5, joining Bernie Geoffrion.

The defensemen played 777 regular-season and 112 playoff games for Montreal and was a part of six Stanley Cup champions.

Lapointe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. Next season he'll become the first Canadiens star to have his jersey retired since Emile Bouchard and Elmer Lach in December 2009.

"I am beyond proud of my dad!" Lapointe's daughter Stephanie wrote on Twitter Wednesday.


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