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from Ken Dryden at the Toronto Star,
Every time he was introduced or described, it was with the same word. It’s not something that can be aspired to to be achieved. It is what a good life sometimes, but rarely, bestows. Jean Béliveau had class.
He was my first roommate with the Canadiens. I was his last. He was 39; I was 23. I had been called up only a few weeks before, and on the verge of our Stanley Cup opening round series against the defending champion, Boston Bruins, with Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, Jean had been told something I didn’t know. I would be the team’s starting goalie.
A voracious reader of historical biographies, a dedicated viewer of classic movies, a devotee of opera and great tenors … this gentleman would be just as happy to discuss with you world events and film stars and a soaring, emotional vibrato as he would be to talk about hockey, the game that largely if very incompletely defined his life.
The passing Tuesday night of Jean Béliveau was a crowbar in the chest of Montreal, an indelicate surgical extraction of the heart of this town.
Today, Montreal is a city at half-staff. We are all wearing a black arm band.
Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette on Jean Beliveau. Read more on Beliveau, written from the heart..
note- original post was 8:04am 12/3/14, bringing to top of page for all to see.
I will be adding to this post throughout the day... 10:15am, post has been updated numerous times, below the jump... and even more added.. another update at 2:06pm... now 2:23pm... as of 4:35pm, 13 updated to this post...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Jean Beliveau batted .500 in the most impressive hockey category of all: 10 Stanley Cups in 20 seasons.
But he batted a thousand where it mattered most.
"What a wonderful person," fellow Habs legend and former teammate Dickie Moore told ESPN.com a few years ago. "All these years, he's always thought about everyone else but himself. That's Jean Beliveau."
Beliveau died Tuesday night. He was 83.
No classier human being has ever laced them up in the 97-year history of the NHL. His talent was all-world, but it was his humble demeanor that will forever be remembered.
"He was, in every way, a one-of-a-kind player, matched only by his grace and quality as a human being," wrote the great Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.
A video tribute to Jean Beliveau from Stephen Brunt of Sportsnet,
MONTREAL (December 3, 2014) – In accordance with the wishes of the Béliveau family, the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club today announced the details of events in the days leading up to Mr. Béliveau’s funeral.
The team’s management stresses that, in keeping with the family’s wishes, all activities will reflect the image of the late hockey legend: they will be simple and accessible to the public. Out of respect for the public, which has supported Jean Béliveau over the years, the Béliveau family announced that they had agreed to share their grief with the community. They hope, however, that the media and the public will continue to respect their privacy during this painful time.
RDS did a great feature on Saku Koivu and here it is courtesy of swiss habs YouTube channel.
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.
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