So sad! Hockey Hall Of Famer and Canadian legend Jean Beliveau passed away on Dec. 2 at age 83. This record-breaking champion will be remembered as one of the most beloved figures in hockey history.
The hockey world was definitely not ready to lose Jean Beliveau, but he passes leaving behind a legacy of great sportsmanship and charity. He will be remembered for his class both on and off the ice by fans in Canada and across the globe. Click below to get the details on this wonderful man’s life and career.
Jean Beliveau Dead: Canadian Hockey Legend Dies At 83
Jean, who was 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, famously spent 20 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. During his Hall Of Fame career, he won 10 Stanley Cups, scored 507 goals, and served as team captain for 10 seasons before retiring in 1971.
After his retirement, he held an executive position within the club, and continued to sign autographs before and after games for the next 40 years!
The Montreal Canadiens released a statement confirming his death on Dec. 2:
“Like millions of hockey fans who followed the life and the career of Jean Beliveau, the Canadiens today mourn the passing of a man whose contribution to the development of our sport and our society was unmeasurable,” said team owner Geoff Molson. “Jean Beliveau was a great leader, a gentleman and arguably the greatest ambassador our game has ever known.”
Celebrities and government officials took to Twitter to express their sadness over Jean’s passing. Here’s what some of them had to say:
Never met a man who carried himself with the dignity and class of Jean Beliveau. He was royalty without birthright.
— James Duthie (@tsnjamesduthie) December 3, 2014
It is with sadness that I learned of the passing of Jean Béliveau. He was a true legend and a class act. My thoughts are with his family.
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) December 3, 2014
Canada Mourns After Jean Beliveau’s Death
Jean wasn’t merely respected by fans and teammates, but also his opponents. “A great person, a great hockey player and a real gentleman off the ice,” said Boston Bruins Hall of Famer John Bucyk. “He was very well-respected around the league… He was always the top centerman in the National Hockey League for many years.”
Jean may have lived a long, successful life, but it was not without struggle. He scared fans in 2000 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer, but he beat the disease and also survived a stroke in 2012.
This hockey legend was so respected that the prime minister even offered him a seat in the Senate in the 1980s, which he declined. He was also asked to be Canada’s governor general in 1994 — pretty impressive.
Mr. Beliveau leaves behind his wife, Elise, their daughter, Helene, and granddaughters Mylene and Magalie. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and all of Jean’s loved ones during this difficult time.
— Kindra Bailey