29 Facts About Jean Beliveau


Joseph Jean Arthur Beliveau was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played parts of 20 seasons with the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens from 1950 to 1971.

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Jean Beliveau made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 1950, but chose to remain in the QMHL full-time until 1953.

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Jean Beliveau was the fourth player to score 500 goals and the second to score 1,000 points.

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Jean Beliveau won two Hart Memorial Trophies as league MVP and one Art Ross Trophy as top scorer, as well as the inaugural Conn Smythe Trophy as play-off MVP.

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Jean Beliveau has 17 Stanley Cup championships, the most by any individual to date.

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In 2017, Jean Beliveau was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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Jean Beliveau was born in 1931 to Arthur and Laurette Beliveau, the oldest of eight children.

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Jean Beliveau's father was part of a large family, one of six brothers, many of whom moved to western Canada in the 1910s while others remained in the Trois-Rivieres area and St Celestin.

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Jean Beliveau's first organized team was in a house league at L'Academie, which played on the school's rink.

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At sixteen, Jean Beliveau played for the senior league team in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

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Jean Beliveau was already a star at 15 when spotted by Canadiens general manager Frank Selke, who sought to sign him to an NHL "C-form".

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The standard league contract for young players at that time, it would have required Jean Beliveau to join the Canadiens at a set date and agreed-upon salary.

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When his father balked, Jean Beliveau signed a "B-form" instead, agreeing to play for Montreal should he ever decide to turn pro.

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Jean Beliveau led the Quebec Senior Hockey League in scoring in 1953.

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Finally, Selke got an idea—if the QSHL were somehow turned into a professional league, Jean Beliveau would be a professional as well, and under the terms of the B-form he would have to sign with the Habs.

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Jean Beliveau scored 507 goals and had 712 assists for 1,219 points in 1,125 NHL regular-season games plus 79 goals and 97 assists for 176 points in 162 playoff games.

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Jean Beliveau is the second all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history, behind Guy Lafleur.

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Jean Beliveau's name appears on the Stanley Cup a record seventeen times, including seven times as an executive for the Canadiens: 1973,1976,1977,1978,1979,1986,1993.

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Jean Beliveau was never known as an activist during his playing days.

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Jean Beliveau met his future wife, Elise Couture, in 1950 in Quebec City.

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In 1957, Jean Beliveau appeared in full uniform on the American game show To Tell the Truth.

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In 1994 Prime Minister Jean Beliveau Chretien offered him the post of Governor General of Canada.

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Jean Beliveau declined in order to be with his daughter and two grandchildren, Mylene and Magalie, whose father, a Quebec policeman, had committed suicide when the girls were five and three.

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Jean Beliveau was first hospitalized for cardiac problems in 1996.

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Jean Beliveau was hospitalized with a stroke again on February 28,2012.

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Jean Beliveau died on December 2,2014, at the age of 83, in Longueuil, a suburb of Montreal.

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Jean Beliveau was given many awards, including several honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, plus the Loyola Medal from Concordia University in 1995.

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Jean Beliveau was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 1988, promoted to Officer in 2006 and Grand Officer in 2010.

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On May 6,1998, Jean Beliveau was made by Governor General Romeo LeBlanc a Companion of the Order of Canada, then the country's highest civilian award.

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