Jean "Le Gros Bill" Beliveau was born on August 31, 1931 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. Beliveau played his entire hockey career within the Quebec system. In 1946 he began playing organized with the Victoriaville Pathers, moving up to the Tigers and the Quebec Aces and Citadelle of the Quebec Junior Hockey League. Being part of the Montreal Canadiens system. he got his first taste of NHL play in 1951 chalking up two points in two games with the big club. After another short stint of three games the following season, Jean Beliveau would make his NHL stay permanent in the 1953-54 season, sppearing in 44 games and scoring 34 points. At 6 feet, 3 inches and 205 pounds, with exquisite skill and toughness, Jean Beliveau was nicknames "Le Gros Bill" and considered a blueprint for NHL superstars in the years to come.
Beliveau's career got on track in Montreal during the 1954-55 season as he finished third in league scoring and earned his first All-Star team nomination. The following year Beliveau would lead the NHL in scoring and won a Hart Trophy as most valuable player to go along with his Art Ross scoring title. To finish it off, Belivea and the Canadiens would go on to win the Stanley Cup championship, his first of ten with Montreal. Beliveau continued his upward march through the NHL, breaking his personal best mark of points in 1958-59 and winning another league scoring championship. He was named captain of the Canadiens in 1961-62 and would continue to rack up personal accolades and Stanley Cup championships.
In 1971 he became only the fourth player in NHL history to score 500 goals and had earlier surpassed the 1,000 point mark. Beliveau retired in 1971 as a winner, winning his tenth Stanley Cup with the Canadiens. The usual waiting period for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame was waived for Jean Beliveau and he was honored by the institution in 1972. He moved from the ice to the front office, as an executive with the Montreal Canadiens organization. Upon his retirement in 1994 he was offered the position of Governor General of Canada, which he rejected. He continues to serve as an ambassador for the Montreal Canadiens.
COLLECTABLE: JEAN BELIVEAU LTD ED. LITHOGRAPH
This lithograph is a limited and numbered edition of 600 and is autographed by Jean Beliveau. Comes matted ready-to-frame. If requested to be framed please add an additional $100 to final price & $15 for shipping.
This item is 18 x 22 inches; not including the frame. View additional photos below.
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