MONTREAL PREPARES TO SAY SO LONG TO LEGENDARY HOCKEY ICON JEAN BELIVEAU

Dec 10, 2014

By Jane Brown

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The people of Montreal will say goodbye to a legend today.

A funeral for former Montreal Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau will be held at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral beginning  at 2 o’clock.  The iconic Hockey Hall of Famer died last week at the age of 83.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will be among the dignitaries at the funeral.  Speakers will include former Canadiens Dickie Moore, Ken Dryden, Serge Savard and Yvon Cournoyer.

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Last night, there was a moving 15-minute tribute to Beliveau at the Bell Centre before the start of the game between the Canadians and Vancouver Canucks.  As the crowd stood and cheered for several minutes, Beliveau’s widow, Elise, wept and reached her arms out in thanks to the fans.

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