Montreal Alouettes to honour 2002 Grey Cup team, Guy Lafleur on Thursday

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The Montreal Alouettes will honour the 2002 Grey Cup champion team and local hockey legend Guy Lafleur when the club hosts the Edmonton Elks on Thursday evening.

Members of the Grey Cup-winning team will be introduced to the crowd at halftime with a number of players including Ben Cahoon, Scott Flory, Ozooma Okeke, Sylvain Girard, and Stefan Reid available for photos and autographs before the game. The Grey Cup will also be on hand for the celebration.

The Alouettes won the 90th Grey Cup in hostile territory at Commonwealth Stadium, defeating the hometown Edmonton Football Team by a score of 25-16.

Montreal led 11-0 at the half on the strength of a 99-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Calvillo to Pat Woodcock. The club thwarted a late comeback attempt when Edmonton missed a two-point convert with 19 seconds remaining that would have tied the game. Jermaine Copeland returned the ensuing onside kick for a touchdown, securing a nine-point victory for the Alouettes.

Calvillo, who now serves as Montreal’s quarterbacks coach, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, while Woodcock was named Most Valuable Canadian.

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The Alouettes will also pay tribute to the late Guy Lafleur with his son, Martin Lafleur, in attendance. The legendary Montreal Canadiens’ right winger passed away due to lung cancer this past April at the age of 70. He played 17 seasons in the NHL and collected 1,353 points in 1,126 career games, winning five Stanley Cups.

“It will be a special day to pay tribute to Guy Lafleur, who was one of Quebec’s greatest athletes,” said team president Mario Cecchini in a statement. “We are also pleased to recognize the work of our legends. These alumni have led the way for many of our players and it is important for us as an organization to celebrate the success of this 2002 champion team.”

The tribute to Lafleur was originally scheduled for June 23 but was postponed as the Lafleur family was unable to attend.