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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“You can have no idea how moved I am by the thoughts and wishes and prayers of so many people,” Béliveau said during my hour-long visit with him on Wednesday, Élise tight by his side as she’s been for their nearly 59 years of marriage.
“It’s been tremendous.”
He’s lost some weight during his latest challenge, one of too many tests this good man has had to stare down since he battled a cancerous tumour in his neck a dozen years ago. Béliveau is down to 190 pounds, under 200 for the first time in as long as he can remember.
But still, he looks terrific, and you’re not merely saying that when you tell him so. He smiles and replies: “I might not feel as good as I look, but I know this isn’t easy.”
His baritone is still rich and his familiar accent fairly booms in welcome from his chair by the window as I enter the room. His grip? It’s as strong as ever.
Big Jean admits he’s fatigued at this noon-hour as he combs his thick white hair with uniquely curved fingers. Already this day, he’s done considerable walking, been lovingly poked and prodded by hospital staff and enjoyed the visit of Yvan and Evelyn Cournoyer.
from Dave Stubbs at Hockey Inside/Out,
Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau continues to make encouraging progress at Montreal General Hospital following a stroke he suffered at home last Monday evening.
Élise Béliveau, the wife of the 80-year-old Hall of Famer, said Monday morning that “we’re keeping our fingers crossed” as doctors express happiness with the recovery of the former Canadiens captain.
“He slept like a log all day (Sunday),” said Élise Béliveau, whose husband is expected to begin speech and physical therapy as early as Monday. “He’s getting some of the rest he didn’t get the past week.”
She added that Canadiens chief surgeon David Mulder was very pleased with Béliveau’s condition during a weekend visit.
The Montreal Canadiens said Tuesday that Jean Beliveau suffered a stroke on Monday evening and was admitted to hospital.
The team added that Beliveau, 80, is undergoing active investigation and treatments and that the Hall of Famer has asked everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family.
Beliveau, a 17-time Stanley Cup champion as a player and front office executive with the Canadiens, also has a surgical procedure last June to repair abdominal aneurysms.
from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out,
But it was Béliveau’s second three-goal performance, on his first of three career four-goal nights, that might have been his most important. He scored three times on Boston Bruins goaler Terry Sawchuk in a span of 44 seconds on Nov. 5, 1955, all during the same Montreal power play.
It remains the second-fastest hat trick scored in NHL history, though more than double the 21 seconds it took Chicago’s Bill Mosienko on March 23, 1952 against the New York Rangers.
The NHL would attempt to disable the Canadiens’ fearsome power play at the end of the 1955-56 season. Imagine – Doug Harvey and Geoffrion on the points, Béliveau, Richard and Bert Olmstead scoring almost at will up front.
So the league proposed a rule for the 1956-57 season that would release a minor-penalized player from the box should a goal be scored by the team with the man advantage. It passed with a 5-1 vote in the six-club NHL; only the Canadiens opposed it.
Enjoy the day Mr. Beliveau.
Below, watch Legends of Hockey as they feature Jean Beliveau.
From the NHL:
Hall of Famer and longtime Montreal Canadiens team ambassador Jean Beliveau is scheduled to undergo a preventive surgical procedure next week to repair abdominal aneurysms. The team said the procedure, known as endovascular surgery, will be performed using the most recent techniques, which are minimally invasive.
Beliveau, whose general state of health is very good, according to the team, will need a few months to fully recover from the surgical intervention.
“We are pleased that Mr. Beliveau is under the good care of head team physician David Mulder. On behalf of all of our fans, players and the entire Montreal Canadiens family, I would like to wish Mr. Beliveau a prompt and complete recovery,” owner and CEO Geoff Molson said in a statement.
The hockey legend turns 80 years old later this summer.
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.”
“I can feel the desire in the Canadiens players. Everyone is working his hardest and the team is performing very well, especially considering all the injuries they have faced.
“I don’t think Pittsburgh wanted a seventh game. I played quite a few and the stress is something very special. It’s not handled the same by each player and I believe the Canadiens have put the pressure back on the Penguins.
“What a great job (coach) Jacques Martin has done, finding solutions.”
-Hall of Fame member Jean Beliveau. More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com.
via the CP at TSN,
Hospital officials say hockey legend Jean Beliveau is recovering from a mild stroke and his condition is continuing to improve.
The Montreal General Hospital says Beliveau and his family are appreciative of all the support they have received.
They are also asking that their privacy be respected.
from CTV Montreal,
Hockey great Jean Beliveau has suffered a stroke. CTV News has learned the Montreal Canadiens legend suffered a stroke Wednesday night and was transported to the Montreal General Hospital.
He is now in the neurological department and no further details on his condition are available at this time. However, a source tells CTV News that his life is not in danger.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
The great Jean Béliveau has been celebrated in photo, film, documentaries, books and magazines.
His likeness has appeared on cereal boxes, bottlecaps, keychains and myriad other collectibles. He’s been immortalized in sculptures made of bronze, wood and ice.
But this, Le Gros Bill says, is the first time he’s been made of corn.
Chip and Tom Hunter, farming brothers in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B., have created a 600-foot-tall Béliveau atop a logo celebrating the Canadiens centennial in a six-acre field of feed corn.
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Jean Beliveau receiving the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award.
I have been a strong believer the NHL needs to honor the great players of the past and involve these types of players in any way possible.
from Red Fisher at NHL.com,
As long as anyone can remember, even before he was to become everything that was good about this Montreal Canadiens franchise, Jean Beliveau has been special.
Was there ever a player blessed with more grace on and off the ice? He was a quiet leader who led by example. He walked and skated tall—and always will be remembered that way. We rejoiced in his accomplishments and were left limp with grief when he was struck with adversity—on and off the ice.
from the CP via TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens say former star Jean Beliveau has been taken to hospital with an undisclosed illness.
update 4:33pm, via Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out,
Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau is doing well in hospital after falling ill on Monday. He was taken to a hospital after feeling ill while attending a funeral.
His blood pressure dropped suddenly, causing him to feel sick, according to reports.
update 5:23pm, Beliveau has been released from the hospital and resting at home. Good news!
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
The photograph from a family album shows Jean Béliveau slipping an engagement ring onto the finger of Élise Couture. It is Christmastime 1952 in Quebec City, a tinselled tree behind them.
This June 27, the couple will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. And it is hardly a measure of their marriage that, on this Valentine’s Day, neither recalls the details of Béliveau’s proposal to the woman who took his heart then and keeps it to this day.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via Habs Inside/Out,
“I’ve seen Price facing 35 to 40, sometimes more shots per game. I’ve said all along, ‘The poor kid, if he’s going to get that many, there are going to be nights when he won’t stop them all.”
No matter the Canadiens’ current skid, with five straight home losses heading into tonight’s game against Tampa Bay, Béliveau jokes that he hasn’t yet had to scalp his tickets; he still finds eternally grateful friends and guests to join he and his wife, Élise, in their four seats.
If asked, he’ll remark on the speed of the Canadiens, wondering whether it’s an optical illusion, and he’ll comment on the dart board that seemingly produces Carbonneau’s lines.