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Jean Beliveau

DOB: August 31, 1931
Birthplace: Trois Rivieres, QB
Seasons Played: 18
Position: Center
Hall of Fame induction: 1972
 
 

#4--- Jean Beliveau ---#4
  • When Beliveau was a junior he didnt want to play for the Montreal Canadiens, but since the Canadiens owned the rights to Beliveau, he couldn't play for any another pro team. So Beliveau decided to join the Quebec Aces in the Quebec Senior League which was amateur hockey. Montreal wanted Jean on their team so bad that they bought the entire Quebec Senior Hockey League and turned it pro meaning that Jean had no choice but to join the Canadiens. And thats what he did, signing a contract with the Canadiens for $100,000 contract over five years, by far the highest salary of the day.
  • His third year in the league, Beliveau picked up the Art Ross trophy for leading the league in scoring and won the Hart Trophy as the leagues MVP.
  • Jean Beliveau became the first player ever to be awarded the Conn Smythe trophy for his exceptional playoff performance in 1965.
  • Beliveau played with the Montreal Canadiens for his entire career of 20 seasons. In those 20 seasons the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup 10 times, and of those 10 Stanley Cups, Beliveau was captain of the Canadiens for five of them. Beliveau holds the record for most most cups won by a captain.
  • Beliveau retired at the end of the 1970-71 season as the leading all-time scorer of the Montreal Canadiens. He also held the career record for most playoff points with 176 points over 162 games.
  • Beliveau's number #4 was retired and raised to the rafters in the Montreal Forum in Oct 9, 1971. Guy Lafleur who was a rookie that season was offered the number of the great Jean Beliveau who Lafleur idolized growing up, but Guy wisely turned down wearing the number realizing the pressure that would come with wearing the Habs #4.
  • Beliveau was inducted into the hockey hall of fame in 1972.
  • Beliveau formed a great relationship with the Molson organization which back in those days owned the Montreal Canadiens. In fact, Beliveau also worked at the Molson plant part time throughout the season and then full time in the off season.
  • Former NHL President Clarence Campbell once said "Any parent could use Jean Beliveau as a pattern or role model. He provides hockey with a magnificent image. I couldn't speak more highly of anyone who has ever been associated with our game than I do of Jean."
  • After retiring as a player, Beliveau stayed with the team as an executive and also running the Jean Beliveau Fund for underpriviledged kids set up by the Canadiens in his honour.
  • In 1981, Beliveau was named a member of the selection commitee for the hockey hall of fame.
  • Beliveau was offered the position of Governor General of Canada in 1994, but turned down the position.
  • In 2001 his name was added to the Canada walk of fame.
  • Beliveau stood 6'3, 205 pounds and used his great reach reach and powerful legs to full advantage. He is also known as one of the greatest stick handlers of all time.
  • Beliveau was nicknamed Le Gros Bill after a french folk hero.
  • Beliveau is widely considered to be one of the greatest leaders and ambassadors of the game in the NHLs history. He also truly defined what being a captain was all about as his contribution in helping his fellow teammates off the ice was as important to him as his preformance on the ice.

black and white Jean Beliveau image

 

Jean Beliveau Career Stats

(regular season)
Games Goals Assists Points
1125 507 712 1219
(playoffs)
Games Goals Assists Points
162 79 97 176

 

NHL Teams

Montreal Canadiens

Jean Beliveau with Rocket Richard and Guy Lafleur

Trophy Collection

2 Hart
1 Conn Smythe
1 Art Ross
10 Stanley Cup Rings