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Béliveau, Jean Arthur

Béliveau, Jean Arthur [key], 1931–2014, Canadian ice hockey player, b. Trois-Rivières, Québec. He joined the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League in 1953, playing for 18 seasons and becoming team captain (1961–71) he then was an executive with the team (1971–93). He won 10 Stanley Cup championships with the franchise, played in 13 All-Star games, was the league MVP twice (1956, 1964), and received the first Conn Smythe Trophy for MVP in the playoffs. A consummate team player and a natural leader, known for his sportsmanship, elegance, and skill, he is considered one of the greatest centers ever. Béliveau wrote My Life in Hockey (1994).

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