That allowed the legend to finish his career in the city where it began. Lafleur had gained stardom playing with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Aubut was among the hundreds who attended Tuesday’s Quebec national funeral for Lafleur at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.
“I was proud that he was able to complete the circle,” Aubut told a reporter on his way in.
He added he was impressed with Lafleur’s athleticism that allowed him to return to the NHL in top form following his short-lived “retirement” from the NHL, joining the New York Rangers and then the Nordiques.
“He came back four years later, not one year or two years later, but he went to New York. I said, ‘That’s enough. Quebec is going to have a part of this.’ ”