|Jean Beliveau. (Getty Images)|
"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.
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.