Jean Beliveau …

3 Dec

 August 31, 1931 – December 2, 2014

Jean Beliveau Olympic Torch

Jean Beliveau

Though I played sports (Hockey, Football, Soccer, Baseball, Track and Field …) nearly every day for over 40 years, I am often very critical toward Professional Sport and it’s many bloated fools and their follies.

Yet … a precious few DO rise above the din and money. Such a person – such a man – was Jean Beliveau – my Hockey Hero.

Grace, Class, Humility, Elegance, Dignity, a Genteman … nearly every virtue you would want or expect or hope for in your Hero … and yourself … he carried.

A Champion in athletics – A Champion in Life.

Jean Beliveau 2

“Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work.” – Jean Beliveau

Jean Beliveau Le Gros Bill

“Le Gros Bill”

Jean Beliveau 3

Smooth as ice

Jean Beliveau and The Stanley Cup

Jean Beliveau and The Stanley Cup

Jean Beliveau wth Stanley Cup and Conn Symthe Trophy 1965

Jean Beliveau wth Stanley Cup and Conn Symthe Trophy 1965

The Stanley Cup

Stanley Cups

10 Stanley Cups as a player / 7 Stanley Cups in management

Conn Smythe Trophy

Conn Smythe Trophy winner for Most Valuable Player in 1965 playoffs

Hart Memorial Trophy

Hart Memorial Trophy / Most Valuable Player – 1956 and 1965

Played in the NHL All-Star Game 13 times between 1953 and 1969
First Team All-Star 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61 
Second Team All-Star 1957–58, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1968–69

Art Ross Trophy

Art Ross Trophy winner as Leading Scorer – 1955/56 Season

Jean Beliveau Hall of Fame

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972

NHL Lifetime Achievement Award

NHL Lifetime Achievement Award 2009

jean Beliveau and statue

When you get a statue and you’re still alive …

Jean Beliveau and the Order of Canada

Jean Beliveau receiving the Order of Canada in 1998

Jean Beliveau passes the torch ...

Jean passes the torch …

Jean Beliveau skates at retirment 1971

Jean Beliveau skates at retirment 1971

So long Jean
Thanks for everything


6 Responses to “Jean Beliveau …”

  1. doug clayton December 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Truly a role model for all modern day over paid athletes.

    • jcalberta December 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      Doug – You got that right.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong December 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    It’s nice that a few people rise above the crowd to be the heroes we need.

    • jcalberta December 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      When I look at him and so much that he stood for – and what Hockey was all about in those days – compared to now, I see a sad and marked decline. Probably never to be recovered.

  3. cindybruchman December 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Great tribute! I didn’t know a thing about him. Sorry to hear of his passing, but he sure seemed to have a special, influential life. Nice job, JC

    • jcalberta December 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

      Thank you. This was a special man. Was asked to be Governor General of Canada and turned it down – said it would require that be away from his family too much. He affected a great many people in his lifetime – for the better. Quite a legacy.

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