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Here is the Montreal Canadiens’ Emotional Jean Béliveau Tribute (Video)

by: Esteban On  Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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On December 2, the game of hockey lost one of its greatest icons when Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau passed away at the age of 83.

In Canadiens lore, Béliveau comes second only to Maurice “Rocket” Richard. Béliveau played 18 full seasons with the Habs, winning two MVP awards, scoring 507 goals, recording 712 assists, and playing 1125 games. More importantly, he won the Stanley Cup 10 times from 1956 to 1971

It’s not just the awards and stats that made him beloved, however. Béliveau was also an extremely kind and generous man with an amazing work ethic whom people loved to be around. That’s why he also wore the captain’s “C” on his sweater for the last 10 years of his Canadiens career.

On Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the Canadiens put on an amazing 13-minute Jean Béliveau tribute prior to their game against the Canucks.

The first nine of those minutes consisted of a slideshow and video montage of the former captain. However, things get really moving about nine minutes in. The PA announcer calls for a moment of silence, which lasts for a minute. Then the crowd gives the family of Jean Béliveau, including his widow, Elise, a two-minute standing ovation, during which they were visibly moved.

That’s where we’ll pick it up. Have a look:

Show me a sports fan who says that didn’t give them goosebumps and I’ll show you a liar.

Great stuff from the Habs, as usual.