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Beliveau speaking, laughing after stroke

Mar 2, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau is making good progress after suffering a stroke Monday, the Montreal Gazette reports.

Élise Béliveau, the wife of the 80-year-old Hall of Famer, said Thursday afternoon that her husband is speaking, laughing and regaining some strength while he undergoes tests, still under close observation by specialists.

Beliveau won 10 Stanley Cups while playing for the Habs, and seven more as a team executive.

For hockey history buffs out there — in a 1956 Sports Illustrated article, Montreal’s then-managing director Frank J. Selke said that Beliveau “is probably the classiest hockey player I’ve ever seen. He has a flair for giving you his hockey as a master showman. He is a perfect coach’s hockey player because he studies and learns. He’s moving and planning all the time, thinking out the play required for each situation.”

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  1. lsxphotog - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Very good news!

  2. blomfeld - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Get well soon Jean !

    Jean Beliveau and Bobby Orr are in a class unto themselves … for me, they will forever epitomize what “real” hockey was meant to be … and they’re both wonderful humans …

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