The Montreal Canadiens confirmed late Tuesday night that one of the greatest players in franchise history, Jean Beliveau, passed away at the age of 83. Jean Beliveau won 10 Stanley Cups in his 20 year career as a Canadien. reported www.cbssports.com
“The Montreal Canadiens organization is extremely moved by Mr. Beliveau passing away. Millions of hockey fans who followed the life and the career of Jean Beliveau, will honor his passing this week. Jean Beliveau was a great leader, a gentleman and arguably the greatest ambassador our game has ever known,” said the president of the Montreal Canadiens, Mr. Geoff Molson, announced prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com
The Canadiens confirmed his death without specifying where he died. Since 2000, when a cancerous tumor was removed from his neck, Beliveau had survived a number of threats to his health, including strokes in 2010 and 2012. according to nytimes.com
“He embodied the very essence of a true sportsman,” said IIHF President René Fasel. “When I was young Jean Beliveau was a hero to so many hockey players in Switzerland, he was an inspiration and one of the first really great legends in our sport. He had such an aura about him that commanded respect and admiration from so many people in and out of hockey,” reported iihf.com
Over the course of his career, Beliveau won the Art Ross Trophy (1956), Conn Smythe (1965), and the Hart Trophy (1956 and 1964). He appeared in 14 All-Star games and was the recipient of the NHL Lifetime Achievement award in 2009, reported nhl.com.