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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Béliveau leaves his wife and soulmate of 61 years, Élise; the couple’s daughter, Hélène; and granddaughters Mylène and Magalie.
They are joined in mourning by the hockey universe and countless people around the world whose lives have been indelibly touched and profoundly enriched by the man who affectionately was nicknamed Gros Bill.
Béliveau had been in delicate health in recent months, having fought pneumonia from August into September not long after having fractured a hip in a fall at home.
He had suffered strokes in 2010 and 2012, a decade after having waged a difficult battle with cancer in 2000.
“I knocked on the door,” Béliveau philosophically said two years ago, in conversation while recovering at home from his second stroke. “But it seems they weren’t ready for me.”
The richly decorated Hall of Famer compiled athletic achievements that were the gold standard, matched only by his elegance and his lifelong charity and humanitarian work off the ice.
Beliveau’s dazzling statistics installed him in the hockey shrine in 1972 alongside his great friend and rival Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings, with the customary three-year post-retirement period to induct players being waived.
NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 2014) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of the legendary Jean Béliveau:
“No record book can capture, no image can depict, no statue can convey the grandeur of the remarkable Jean Béliveau, whose elegance and skill on the ice earned the admiration of the hockey world while his humility and humanity away from the rink earned the love of fans everywhere.
“Mr. Béliveau was a formidable presence and his departure leaves an immeasurable void. As we grieve that he has left us, we cherish what he gave us: A sport elevated forever by his character, his dignity and his class.
“For all the accomplishments he achieved and all the accolades he received, Jean Béliveau was always the epitome of the boy whose only dream was to play for the Montreal Canadiens. Hockey is better because that dream was realized. The National Hockey League sends heartfelt condolences to Mr. Béliveau’s wife, Élise, and Mr. Béliveau’s family, to his countless friends around the hockey world, and to his beloved Canadiens, who he always represented with such distinction and grace.”
added 7:34am, a short video from the NHL below...
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Saturday a six-year contract extension for forward Brendan Gallagher (2015-16 to 2020-21).
In 24 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15, Gallagher has recorded 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists), 67 shots on goal and 33 penalty minutes. The 5’09’’ and 182 lbs forward displays a +2 differential, while averaging 15:59 of ice time per game.
Gallagher, 22, has tallied 81 points (39 goals, 42 helpers) in 149 career regular-season games since his NHL debut in 2012-13. He has scored 11 powerplay goals and four winning goals, while maintaining a +16 differential. Gallagher has collected 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in 22 career playoff contests.
Friedman corrected his tweet, should read six year team extensions
NEW YORK (November 29, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin has been fined $11,021.51, the maximum permitted under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta during NHL Game No. 337 in Buffalo on Friday, November 28, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 18:06 of the third period. Emelin was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
If you missed the hit, watch it here.
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Now the negatives:
• The call was tough, and Brian Gionta sold it. But what was Alexei Emelin thinking in going for a kill-shot late in a 1-1 game? I know it’s instinctive, particularly for a physical defenceman like Emelin. But he has to be more aware of the game situation.
• Alex Galchenyuk has to learn that he’s not a contestant on Dangling with the Stars. Or a finalist in the Alex Kovalev Playalike Contest. Enough with the fancy moves and puck-hogging. Shoot or find an open teammate. He’s totally our of synch with Brendan Gallagher. I’d like to see Galchenyuk on a line with Sekac.
• I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but P.K. is not P.K. Too many distractions? Pressure of the big contract? The $9-million man should be more dominant than what we’ve seen through the first quarter of the schedule.
If you missed the Emelin hit, watch it below...
Sweet backhand from Ennis...
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
It’s the last week of November, but the winter of our discontent is starting early.
And there is cause for concern.
In their six regulation losses, the Canadiens have been outscored 30-3.
They’ve been shut out four times. Only Buffalo, with five, has had more goose eggs....
A few themes:
• David Desharnais is not a top-line centre.
• Dressing 11 forwards and seven defencemen doesn’t work.
• P.K. Subban is not earning his $9 million.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque.
Allen, 34, recorded one assist in six games thus far with the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 18:12 of ice time per game. He recorded four shots on goal, 11 hits, 10 blocked shots and served four penalty minutes. He missed 14 games due to a lower-body injury.
Since he first joined the NHL back in 2000-01, Allen has recorded a total of 135 points (29 goals, 106 assists) in 716 regular season games. He scored five game winning goals. The 6'05'' and 223 lbs forward also served 837 penalty minutes and displays a +28 plus/minus differential.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
If there is an internal published list of players for the officials to watch for, it's a well-guarded secret at this point. Directives sent to the referees and linesmen originate from the desk of Stephen Walkom - V.P. of Officiating or his counterpart in Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Regardless of whether a directive has been sent or not, based on what I have observed and previously commented on, Brendan Gallagher has earned a rightful place on the Referee's "Ten Most Wanted" list.
Even after committing the holding infraction against Braydon Coburn, Gallagher completed a theatrical dive with both skates into the net in an attempt to fool the referee(s) and as the puck went past Ray Emery. Good for referee Dan O'Rourke for being dialed in from the neutral zone to make the correct call. I can assure you it was no accident or lucky catch by O'Rouke. A refs' list of known offenders is nothing new and Gallagher is not the only Habs player to be drawing special attention from the ref's this season. No one likes to be embarrassed—Diving/embellishment is near the top every ref's list!
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