Guy Damien Lafleur, one of the greatest hockey player died at age 70.

Fans of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team paid tribute to the fallen legend Friday

leaving flowers at the base of the Guy Lafleur statue that stands outside the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal.

Though the team didn't identify a cause of death, Lafleur had been battling lung cancer for nearly three years.

Born Sept. 20, 1951, in Thurso, Quebec, Lafleur was a natural on the ice.

he played for the Quebec Remparts, scoring 130 goals and 209 points in his last season

and leading the team to win the 1971 Memorial Cup

Lafleur's career spanned 20 years. he won five Stanley Cup championships

He is the Canadiens' all-time high scorer, with 1,246 points.