MONTREAL -- With the Montreal Canadiens set to retire Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Guy Lapointe's No. 5 jersey, the Minnesota Wild could use skills like his to get their struggling power play going.
Lapointe, who is Minnesota's coordinator of amateur scouting, has worked for the Wild since 1999. He won the Stanley Cup six times with the Canadiens, who will retire his jersey in a ceremony prior to the game against Minnesota on Saturday.
Wild defenseman Marco Scandella grew up in Montreal.
"I'm super happy for Guy," said Scandella, who is the nephew of former Canadiens forward Sergio Momesso. "What a legend in Montreal. Six Stanley Cups, unbelievable defenseman, he played in some golden years of the Canadiens and it's just special to be here to witness that. I was too young to see him play, but he's just a great person. I met him at the [NHL] draft in 2008 and every time I see him he just talks to you like you're a regular guy and like he's a regular guy. But you know in the back of your mind he's one of the legends of this city. We're really happy to have him in our organization and everyone is super proud of him getting his number retired."