Jean Béliveau: Hockey Legend

Remembering a Montreal Canadiens icon.

Text by Canada’s History

December 2, 2014

The hockey and sporting world is mourning the passing of Jean Béliveau (right: sitting in the locker room showing the puck that signified his 500th goal / Montreal Gazette), the legendary Montreal Canadiens centre who in his later life was revered as an ambassador of the game.

Béliveau — a key member of several Montreal hockey dynasties — died on December 2, 2014, at the age of 83.

As a player, the lanky Quebecer won the Stanley Cup ten times, and notched another seven cups as a hockey executive. Read the full biography of the man Canadiens fans affectionately called “Le Gros Bill.”

For a glimpse of what made Béliveau so great, watch this short video (segment on Béliveau begins at 4:20).

Here's Hockey! Directed by Leslie McFarlane (1953). National Film Board

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