Jean Béliveau Passes Away

Jean Béliveau Passes Away

Quebec City (Quebec) 4 December 2014 – Québec and Canada have lost another iconic figure this week in the name of Jean Béliveau, one of the most well known hockey players of the baby boomer generation. M. Béliveau was admired as much on the ice as off, and was considered hockey’s classiest gentleman. He always had time to sign autographs for kids and talk to the media in a calm and positive way.

Jean Béliveau played hockey for Trois Rivieres, Quebec City, Victoriaville in junior leagues and then was signed with the Montreal Canadien where he played as captain of the team for 18 years. Jean Béliveau wore the number 4 when he was playing for Le Canadien and the number 4 has a certain connection to his many achievements during his career; he won four major awards, 2 Hart trophies for best player (1956 & 1964), the Art Ross trophy for best scorer, (1956), and 1 Con Smythe trophy for MVP in the 1965 Stanley cup series. He is also the fourth in line for the number of games played for Le Canadien, 1125 after Henri Richard, 1259, Larry Robinson 1202, and Bob Gainey with 1160 games played. He once scored 3 goals in 44 seconds on a power play against Boston in 1955. Le Canadien won 10 Stanley cups while he was playing for the team.

Jean Béliveau remained active in the hockey world right up until his passing this week. The owner of Le Canadien, John Molson, got very emotional when addressing the public at a press conference in Montreal on Wednesday to honour one of the team’s most influential players. Jean Béliveau was 83.

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