Jean Béliveau is on the mend -

Jean Béliveau is on the mend

Says his stroke could have been worse


An era is not over, not yet. Jean Béliveau, 78, the hockey icon of the pre-expansion NHL whose refined style on the ice and faultless behaviour off it made him impossible not to admire, is recovering from the stroke he suffered on Jan. 20. Béliveau, who won an unimaginable 10 Stanley Cups in 20 seasons with the Canadiens, spent 18 days in hospital. But he was able to catch the Olympic hockey, men and women, on TV. “We saw the talent,” he says, “and that you needn’t fight, cross-check or slash.” It’s poignant to read that, although Béliveau chose to admit few visitors, his old teammate, Dickie Moore, wouldn’t be kept from his bedside.

Montreal Gazette

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