The Jean Beliveau fundraising: a success.
(Picture: Canadian Press)
Yesterday the Bell centre was transformed in a ballroom for the Jean Beliveau foundation. The event was a great success as they raised one million dollars for the cause. The money will be spent among the six charity causes that the Montreal Canadiens are contributing to.
Among the numerous notables present at the event, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (seen with Jean Beliveau on the picture) said that he remembered very well one of Beliveau's goals in 2nd overtime during the 1969 semifinals against the Boston Bruins. ''That goal decided of the outcome of the playoffs that year. He was a veteran but was still able to make the difference''
Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs ex-goaltender Johnny Bower, Rodrigue Gilbert from the New-York Rangers, Red Kelly ex-Leafs and Red Wings were also present only to name those.
Beliveau is still one of the best hockey ambassador, even 35 years after he retired from the game. He won the Stanley Cup 10 times, scored 507 goals and 1219 points total. He finished 1st in league scoring during the 1956 season, won the league MVP title twice. (1956 and 1964) Beliveau will be 76 years old this summer but still attend to the majority of the Habs home games along with his wife Elise.