Lafleur to be sentenced next month

Updated: May 1, 2009, 7:17 PM ET
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MONTREAL -- Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur has been convicted of giving contradictory evidence at his son's bail hearing in 2007, and could spend time in jail.

The verdict was handed down in Montreal by Quebec court Judge Claude Parent on Friday morning. The former Montreal Canadiens star will be sentenced June 18.

"He's very sad," his lawyer, Jean-Pierre Rancourt, said, according to The Canadian Press. "He was hoping for an acquittal but we will cope with this.

"He had no choice but to stay stoic. As a hockey player, he's used to handling stress."

Prosecutors are asking Lafleur be sentenced to house arrest; the defense is seeking a fine. Lafleur faces a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

Lafleur agreed in September 2007 to ensure his son Mark abided 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.

The 57-year-old Lafleur won five Stanley Cups in 14 seasons in Montreal.

A spokesman for the Canadiens said the conviction won't affect Lafleur's role as an ambassador for the team, The Canadian Press reported.

Meanwhile, the younger Lafleur pleaded guilty in February to a slew of charges including uttering death threats, forcible confinement and assault, and was issued a 15-month conditional sentence.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.