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Habs legend Beliveau hospitalized after stroke

Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:20 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 12:36 pm
Jean Beliveau. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The hockey world got a bit of frightening news on Tuesday when the Montreal Canadiens sent out a release saying legendary player Jean Beliveau was hospitalized after suffering a stroke on Monday.

"Now 80 years old, Mr. Beliveau is currently undergoing active investigation and treatments. As of today and for the duration of his convalescence Mr. Beliveau humbly asks everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family."

A Quebec native, Beliveau spent each of his 20 seasons in the NHL with the Canadiens beginning in 1950-51 until he retired after the 1970-71 season. He was a member of an incredible 10 Stanley Cup championship teams, or one ring for every finger (and thumb).

Beliveau also won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league MVP twice, the Art Ross once and the Conn Smythe once in a distinguished career.

In's all-time skater rankings, Beliveau comes in at No. 12 behind Nicklas Lidstrom and Raymond Bourque, ahead of Mike Bossy and Stan Mikita. That's quite the company he keeps.

For his career, Beliveau had 507 goals and 712 assists for 1,219 points in 1,125 regular-season games. He was just as good if not better in the postseason where he had 79 goals and 97 assists in 162 games, including 12 goals in 10 games in 1955-56.

A statue of Beliveau stands outside the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:46 pm

Habs legend Beliveau hospitalized after stroke

It was likely a result of noticing where the Habs are in the standings. Kidding aside, I barely saw him play in his last year, but any man who won the Hart Trophy when players like Howe were in their prime has to have some serious skills.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:28 pm

Habs legend Beliveau hospitalized after stroke

Jean get well soon, God Bless You sir

Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:17 pm

Habs legend Beliveau hospitalized after stroke

I wouldn't worry too much about where anybody stands on this list....the ratings are generated by users voting on random match-ups of players. So it is basically a popularity contest, and the rankings reflect the inaccuracy of the rating method.

An argument can be made for Orr being ranked above Gretzky...I disagree; but I can see where an argument can be made. It is difficult to rank players from different generations who play different positions. But any list that has Patrick Roy ranked behind 9 other goalies lacks any credibility in my eyes. That's like having Joe Montana ranked as the 10th best QB of all's absurd.

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:58 pm

Habs legend Beliveau hospitalized after stroke

Béliveau should rank much higher, right behind Orr, Lemieux, Gretsky, Richard and Howe.

Béliveau made teamates better players and was probably the best team captain ever; his leadership was exemplary, no one could rally a team the way he did.

Get well soon Monsieur Béliveau.

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