Paying respects to hockey legend Jean Beliveau

Public viewing to begin at Montreal's Bell Centre

The Canadiens celebrate their Stanley Cup win over the Detroit Red Wings on May 5, 1966. Montreal won 3-2 in overtime play to retain their championship title. Coach Toe Blake is at left, wearing suit. Team captain Jean Beliveau is at center, above the cup. (AP Photo)

MONTREAL — Fans may attend Jean Beliveau’s public viewing at the Bell Centre, the home of the Montreal Canadiens, starting Sunday morning.

The arena will be open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time on Sunday and Monday for the public to pay their respects to the hockey legend.

Beliveau was the longtime captain of the Canadiens through the 1950s and 1960s before retiring in 1971. He then became an executive with the team and holds the record for most Stanley Cups won by a single person with 10 as a player and seven as part of Montreal’s front office.


He died on Dec. 2 in Longeuil, Que., a suburb of Montreal.

Beliveau’s funeral will be held at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Béliveau led a remarkable life, even if you subtract the ecstasy and glory of his on-ice career: his 507 goals, his 10 Stanley Cup rings, his Hall of Fame induction. He was, after all, recommended as a potential governor-general, and was a valued executive on seven Cup-winning Montreal Canadiens teams; his junior career was so incredible it inspired the Canadiens to purchase the entire league he was playing in to ensure they owned his rights.

We remember the varied life of the man they nicknamed Le Gros Bill:

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