Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur loses $2.16 million lawsuit

MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4: Former Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur speaks to fans during the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Bruins 5-1. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Guy Lafleur’s attempt to sue Montreal police and Crown prosecutors for $2.16 million has been denied according to CBC.

The lawsuit stems from an arrest of the Montreal Canadiens legend for perjury.

A ruling Tuesday in Quebec Superior Court said Lafleur’s arguments were without merit and based on “speculations, impressions, conjectures and prejudices.”

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Per CBC:

Lafleur testified during the legal proceeding that he believed he was "the victim of a power trip by girls who wanted to make me pay," in reference to the female police officers and Crown prosecutors who handled his case.

From CTV which recounted the details of Lafleur's trial that led to a conviction.

The charges originate with testimony the former Montreal Canadiens star gave in September 2007 at his son's bail hearing. Mark Lafleur had been charged with uttering death threats, forcible confinement and assault. 

Lafleur testified he would make sure his son would abide by a court-ordered curfew if he were granted bail pending trial. 

But at a hearing the following month, it was revealed the elder Lafleur had driven his son to a hotel so he could spend time with a girlfriend on two occasions.

Lafleur was arrested, charged and convicted of perjury in 2009, but the conviction was appealed and overturned.

Again via CBC:

Justice Wéry rejected all of Lafleur's arguments, writing in his ruling that just because a suspect is eventually acquitted does not mean police and prosecutors acted in bad faith.

Wéry found that officers who arrested Lafleur followed normal procedures and treated him with courtesy and respect.

Lafleur argued police were hasty in pushing for an arrest warrant and that the trial negatively impacted his life.

Lafleur scored 560 goals and notched 1,353 points in 1,126 games played. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.

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