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Jean Arthur Béliveau (b. August 31st 1931 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada) is a former professional centre who played in the National Hockey League for some 20 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.

Béliveau, after two brief stints with the team in the past three seasons, joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1953-54. Three years later, he won the Art Ross Memorial Trophy given to the league's scoring champion and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player. He would win 10 times the Stanley Cup in his career, and captain the Habs for the last 10 years of his career. "Le Gros Bill" as he was nicknamed by the Montreal fans retired in 1971, being his team's all-time leader for points, second for goals and league's leader for playoffs scoring. Since his retirement, only two players passed him in Montreal in scoring: Guy Lafleur and Maurice Richard. Henri Richard is the only player to have played more games than him in a Habs jersey.

Béliveau's number 4 was retired by Montreal on October 9th 1971; the following year, he was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Montreal Canadiens captains
Laviolette | Lalonde | Gardner | McNamara | Cleghorn | Coutu | Mantha | Hainsworth | Siebert | Buswell | Blake | Durnan | Bouchard | M. Richard | Harvey | Béliveau | H. Richard | Cournoyer | Savard | Gainey | Chelios | Carbonneau | Muller | Keane | Turgeon | Damphousse | Koivu


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