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Meeting Jean Beliveau

from Peter McGuire of the Telegraph-Journal,

Through more connections, John Correia also was able to book a table at a private restaurant known as 9-4-10, named in honour of three of the all-time great Canadiens - Maurice (The Rocket) Richard, Beliveau, and Guy Lafleur.

Only season-ticket holders, members and invited guests are permitted inside. John Correia’s friend, Louis Nicoletti, a long-time season-ticket holder, was able to finangle a table for them prior to the game.

We’re talking exclusive company here….

And over to Beliveau’s table they went.

“When I stood at the table, there was a feeling that you were in the company of royalty. There was an aura. I could sense his charisma, and his big, soft, beautiful smile,” McCarron said. “As soon as he gave me that, I moved right in. I’m like a five-year-old at this point.

“I said, ‘Mr. Beliveau, I’ve been a fan of yours for 55 years. Every Saturday night in my household it was B B B - beans, bass and Beliveau. I laid on the floor of the TV room and waited for you to come on TV.”

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Hank1974's avatar

Mr. Beliveau is all class.
He was incredible when he visited nearby Tecumseh, ON during the lockout year.
And as a gift for my Dad (who’s a huge Beliveau fan), he signed a picture I sent him with specific instructions on what to say (there was an inside joke about my Dad’s fixed up Buick).
Not only did he comply but he did it free and thanked me for sending it to me.

I’ve always felt hockey players were the greatest and most fan-friendly of the team sports, but even Mr.Beliveau transcends the norm.

Thanks for posting a great article about a legend and a true gentleman.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/22/10 at 08:12 PM ET

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I NEED SOME HELP….someone knowing lots about JEAN BELIVEAU…i dont know where else to ask…

My dad has a big picture of JEAN sitting with his back to the camera sitting at a diner, it’s black and white…my dad is wanting to find out WHERE THIS DINER IS in Montreal and is having no luck so i thought id try…

Im gonna try and get a picture of it…but does ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PICTURE BY CHANCE? Im not sure if it’s a popular shot of him or just an original.

Thanks soo much for ur time smile

Posted by CSG91 on 06/21/10 at 02:00 PM ET

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