I am not a big hockey fan, but I am a big Jean Beliveau fan. Beliveau is a gracious, classy man who has done a lot for Montreal and for many, many charities.
MONTREAL - Even before he was to become everything that was good about the Montreal Canadiens franchise, Jean Beliveau has been special.
Gordie Howe remembers his old friend Maurice Richard by presenting his jersey along with Jean Beliveau during the celebrations for the centenary of the Montreal Canadiens before the game against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Where do you begin with this one-of-a-kind player, who on Wednesday celebrates his 80th birthday, happily well on his way to a full recovery from a five-hour operation at the Royal Victoria Hospital to repair abdominal aneurysms?
What is there to say about an icon who has always been admired as much for his work off the ice as he was on it? Ask anyone who knows Beliveau what his life and 18-season National Hockey League career has meant to all of us, and they would use words such as achievement and team. Leadership. Caring. Class...