Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Canadiens' Legend Jean Béliveau Dead at 83

Jean Béliveau, considered by many to be the greatest ambassador that the game of hockey has ever known, has passed away. He was 83. A winner of 10 Stanley Cups, Béliveau served as the Canadiens captain for ten years, which is the longest tenure of any captain in franchise history.

The Trois Rivieres, Quebec native tallied 507 goals and 712 assists and played in 14 NHL all-star games. In addition to his ten Stanley Cup rings as a player, Béliveau earned seven more while working in the Canadiens' front office.

"The Montreal Canadiens organization is extremely moved by Mr. Béliveau’s passing away," Canadiens president Geoff Molson said. "Like millions of hockey fans who followed the life and the career of Jean Béliveau, the Canadiens today mourn the passing of a man whose contribution to the development of our sport and our society was unmeasurable. Jean Béliveau was a great leader, a gentleman and arguably the greatest ambassador our game has ever known.

"Jean Béliveau was part of the Canadiens family for over six decades. The Canadiens organization will bring all the needed support to the members of Jean Béliveau’s family, and will work closely with them to organize the ceremonies that will take place in the coming days. On behalf of the Molson family, and all members of the Canadiens organization, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his beloved wife Élise, his daughter Hélène and granddaughters Magalie and Mylène."

Here are some of the reactions to Béliveau's passing from the hockey world on Twitter: