Jean Béliveau

Canadian ice hockey player

Joseph Jean Arthur Béliveau, (August 31, 1931 – December 2, 2014) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played parts of 20 seasons with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Montreal Canadiens from 1950 to 1971. He was nicknamed "Le Gros Bill".

Jean Béliveau
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1972
Béliveau in 2009
Born (1931-08-31)August 31, 1931
Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN
Died December 2, 2014(2014-12-02) (aged 83)
Longueuil, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1950–1971

Béliveau ranks among the ten greatest NHL players. Béliveau first played professionally in the Quebec Major Hockey League (QMHL). He made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 1950, but chose to remain in the QMHL full-time until 1953.

Béliveau was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada.

By his second season in the NHL, Béliveau was among the top three scorers. He was the fourth player to score 500 goals and the second to score 1,000 points. Béliveau won two Hart Memorial Trophies (1956, 1964) and one Art Ross Memorial Trophy (1956), as well as the inaugural Conn Smythe Trophy (1965).

As a player, he won the Stanley Cup 10 times, and as an executive he was part of another seven championship teams, the most Stanley Cup victories by an individual to date. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

Béliveau died on December 2, 2014 at the age of 83, in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, a suburb of Montreal from unknown causes.[1][2]


  1. "Canadiens legend Beliveau passes away at age 83". 2 December 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  2. Smith, Andy (December 3, 2014). "Jean Beliveau, hockey sensation of size, grace and skill, dies at 83". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 3, 2014.

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