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Jean Beliveau hospitalized after suffering stroke

Feb 28, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

Jean Beliveau AP

Montreal’s legendary gentleman and captain Jean Beliveau was hospitalized on Monday after suffering a stroke.

The Canadiens’ website shared the news of Beliveau’s breakdown in health and asked that his family have their privacy at this time. At 80-years-old Beliveau has had some health troubles in recent years yet remains the icon of hockey in Montreal.

Beliveau was captain of the Canadiens from 1961 until his retirement in 1971. When he left the game he was the Canadiens’ all-time points leader. Since then he’s only since been passed by Guy Lafleur. During his career with the Canadiens, Beliveau was a part of 10 Stanley Cup championship teams and served as the captain on five of them.

  1. bear654 - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Here’s wishing a full and speedy recovery to one of the all time greats.

  2. govtminion - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Best wishes to one of my favorite old-time hockey players (Montreal player or not!).

  3. guypatsfan - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Prayers and best wishes to “Le Gros Bill”. Beliveau is the epitome of class.

  4. ikillchicken - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  5. habsman - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    One of the all time greats who carried himself with class and dignity on and off the ice. Prayers for a quick recovery. Can you imagine having 10 Stanley Cup rings? Only the Pocket Rocket Henri has more (11) as a player. A record that will never be surpassed.

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