2010-01-21, 08:42 PM
CTV News in Montreal reports that hockey great Jean Beliveau has suffered a stroke. CTV News has learned the Montreal Canadiens legend suffered the stroke Wednesday night and was transported to the Montreal General Hospital.
He is now in the neurological department and no further details on his condition are available. However, a source tells CTV News that his life is not in danger.
2010-01-21, 08:57 PM
My best wishes and thoughts go out to him and his family.
I hopes he recovers quickly.
2010-01-21, 09:23 PM
I hope he recovers.
I have a Beliveau story...
In the early 80s, I was skating on the Rideau Canal with my father. I was around 10 or 11 at the time. My dad told me that I should "go say hi to that guy over there". I had no idea who the "guy" was, but I did what dad told me and went over. I said hello, and told the gentleman who was skating with a few others that my father had sent me over. He looked over to my dad, and turned back to me and asked me if he was a hockey fan. I can't remember exactly what I said, but dad was a Leafs fan while mom cheered for the Habs. After saying goodbye, I skated back over to dad. I asked who that guy was, and he told me that Jean Beliveau was one of the greatest hockey players to ever play, and that he was always a gentleman, and that I should be honoured to skate with him. To make things even more interesting, I had no idea that a photographer had been shooting while I talked with Beliveau. The shot appeared on the front of a section in the Ottawa Citizen the next day. Dad laughed when the paper was delivered, and showed me the paper. I realized then that I would never forget that moment for the rest of my life.
2010-01-21, 10:03 PM
very nice story jayoldschool...
I sure hope you still have that picture from the paper, hopefully framed and still in good condition.
2010-01-21, 10:32 PM
Paper is still in a desk drawer at my mother's place. I think back to what I was wearing, and it was typical "Canada 1980s kid": the winter coat with the fur-trim hood, the wool toque with the big pom pom on top... I think the toque was from Radio Shack!
2010-01-23, 06:59 PM
He was the classiest player ever to lace on a pair of skates.
Get well, Jean.
2010-01-24, 01:57 PM
when you think of number 4, two names come to mind.... Jean and Beliveau...speedy recovery Jean