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Former Montreal Canadiens' player Guy Lapointe smiles as poses at the Canadiens' Hall of Fame in Montreal on June 19, 2014.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

The Montreal Canadiens say that Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lapointe has been diagnosed with oral cancer.

The NHL team issued a statement this morning at the request of Lapointe and his family.

The cancer is located at the base of the tongue and Lapointe will begin treatments in the coming weeks.

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The statement also says this form of cancer has a high cure rate.

Lapointe, a Montreal native, played most of his 16-year NHL career with the Canadiens.

The defenceman won the Stanley Cup on six occasions with Montreal before closing out his career with stops in St. Louis and Boston.

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