The photo was of Guy Lafleur kneeling in front of Béliveau’s closed casket while paying his respects to the man he looked up to and idolized.

I was thinking about that photo on Sunday afternoon while watching the long line of fans at the Bell Centre waiting their turn to pay their respects to Lafleur, who died on April 22 at age 70 after battling lung cancer.

Like Béliveau, Lafleur was in a closed casket with a beautiful flower arrangement on top. The Bell Centre looked more like a church than an arena with the way the Canadiens had set it up with red carpets and soft lighting.

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