At age 81, Jean Béliveau counts his blessings at Christmas

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The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs caught up with Canadiens living legend Jean Béliveau, who suffered a stroke 10 months ago but has recovered and is looking forward to spending Christmas eve with his wife, Élise, as they dine at the home of their daughter, Hélène, in the company of her daughters — their granddaughters — Mylène and Magalie. On Christmas night, they again will be together as a family for dinner at Béliveau’s South Shore condominium.

“I have no complaints,” Béliveau said while recovering from his stroke, a sentiment he still expresses today. “I’m a very fortunate guy, blessed with my health. Because I should be gone.”

You can read Stubbs’s column on Béliveau, and get his comments on the lockout, by clicking here.

After Béliveau’s stroke, many Gazette readers shared their fond memories and stories about Béliveau. You can read some of them by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Don Cherry believes the NHL will be playing hockey again in January, writing on his Twitter account:

“Look to the middle of January for the game to return Those people who say it won’t be good hockey because it’s only half a season don’t know what they’re talking about.

“Don’t you remember the last time it was half a season and New Jersey won the Cup?” he added. “It was a sprint not a marathon. Play within their own conference. Lots of action. The guys know every game is important. Won’t have the half season blahs. It will be terrific!”

Read more by clicking here.

(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)

273 Comments

  1. JohnBellyful says:

    The following was uploaded automatically according to a set time and in no way indicates the poster had nothing better to do while others slept off a full dinner after rejecting an invitation to play a game of Trivial Pursuit – The Middle Ages

    A Christmas Homily (CH) intended for an audience almost churchly in the ways it keeps:

    Men and women of good character, I bring you good cheer. On the day that celebrates the birth of the Christ child, let us gather in virtual fashion to cherish the company we keep, the choices we’ve made, and the good times to come.
    And, verily, they will come though the challenges are great.
    I will not chronicle once more, chapter and verse, the hard times that have befallen the bearers of the sacred torch. The chattering churls have done that enough, to chivy supporters who remain true to the bleu blanc et rouge. Let them chaff and chide in pursuit of a chuckle, at the expense of the stalwarts whose allegiance holds firm, as staunch as when first given. Theirs is an unshakeable faith bound up in their very chromosomes.
    Yes, chaos reigns as wretches rule, their chicanery hidden beneath an artifice of bewitching words, fouling talks that are supposed to bring two sides together but sow only dissent.
    It is a charade that has made a chimera of a season. The chance of any games being played before next fall grows ever slim, my friends, but give not into despair.
    This, too, will pass, as other dark ages have done, when charismatic leadership emerges to usher in a new age of chivalry. And the Canadiens, as of old, shall be its chevaliers, leading the charge to victory, while choirs of cherubs sing chansons in tribute to championships won, not tunes that mock and cheapen.
    Great will be the flow of champagne once more, and the fans that grew chary of success ever returning will rejoin the chorus of yea-sayers. Sheep returning to the fold, of the flannel.
    Blessed be the changes that are to come, fellow keepers of the flame. A team of destiny is set to rise, its chemistry unmistakable. Once more shall our chests swell in pride, led by the Chosen One, the one known as Galchenyuk.
    Let us now bow our heads in prayer:
    Holy, holy, holy
    Ole, ole, ole
    Olly olly oxen free
    The one who shall lead us to the promised land has been found!
    Game over!

  2. Ozmodiar says:

    I hope Santa was good to everyone.

    Me? I got an official Red Ryder, carbine-action, two-hundred-shot range model air rifle!!!

  3. The Dude says:

    From this Heretic Heathen Hebrew Warrior with Buddhist tendency’s too all of you, Merry Christmas and a happy boxing day.

  4. habstrinifan says:

    OK Kids! Which do you believe in more? Sanata Claus really was under your tree last night or NHL 2012-2013 season will start next month?

  5. Kooch7800 says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  6. Habilis says:

    It is now time for the annual Festivus airing of grievances. This is where you single out people and explain all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year.

    This year’s list, from shortest to tallest.

    - Gary Bettman
    - Donald Fehr

    Both make the list for failing to negotiate a new CBA, for having galactic sized egos, and for excessive whining about the other. As punishment they will now have to compete in the feats of strength, which means Festivus is not over until one pins the other. Go!

    Cheers and Happy Holidays to all.

  7. commandant says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

    Go Habs Go!
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  8. neumann103 says:

    Happy Holidays to all fellow Habs obsessives.

    I am not a religious person, but this is the time of year when we can all come together, put aside all factional differences and join together in the spirit of the season.

    The Tankers and the just squeeze into the playoffs every year squad can join hands and sing of future draft choices.

    The grit and sandpaper crowd vs the smurf brigade can find peace in the idea that if 5’11″ is tiny then 6’1″ can’t really be huge.

    The Bruins are the Devil believers vs the Flyers are the Devil demographics can agree that both organizations are inherently scummy and that the Devils are the Devil notion is probably less actual devilry and more just the Curse of Martin F Brodeur.

    And as my Xmas wish I pray that Owners are Greedy and the Players are Greedy and the They are all Greedy contingents can unite in the common understanding that this lockout is about stupidity and intransigence more than greed.

    I admit to being cynically optimistic about the situation from the start. I thought that there would be little actual negotiation and lots of posturing (got that right) but that round about American Thanksgiving we would see serious negotiation and the fact that they were not really that far apart and this was not an existential fight like 2004 would lead to an agreement and hockey before Christmas.

    My bad.

    So I was faced with the prospect of Xmas with a usual array of Habs related gifts for my two boys purchased before the lockout started. While I don’t want to feed the NHL coffers while this lockout is on, cute Habs jammies and fire-sale priced pro-style Cammalleri jerseys for each (thanks Pierre Gauthier!) purchased in the height of We got Gally! euphoria before this mess began were too good to hold back out of spite.

    So I hope that you and yours can find the joy of the holiday season, put aside our partisan differences and come together around the one truth that binds us all.

    LEAFS SUCK!

    “Et le but!”

  9. Haborama says:

    Merry Christmas and a safe, happy new year (and world juniors) everybody at HIO and elswhere!!!!

  10. frontenac1 says:

    Teqiulla Eggnogs for breakfast.. Not as bad as it sounds Amigos. Feliz Navidad!

  11. habaholic68NJ says:

    Merry Christmas to all (except the leadership of the NHL and NHLPA).

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://petertoliasmusic.site11.com/Music_Site/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  12. Ian Cobb says:

    HELP! I need some muscle here people! Santa is stuck in my chimney and I just found out why, Bettman tried to get down first, and his large head got stuck half way!
    I am hooking up the 8 reindeer to see if we can get him out. The other guy we will just leave there until an agreement is signed.!!

    Have a wonderful day boys and girls!

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Hmmm. What was Bettman doin’ in the chimney? It’s bad enough he’s robbed us of a half-season, and most likely a full one, and now he’s stealing presents! Sheesh!

  13. JohnBellyful says:

    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good day.

    – “A little song, a little dance, may your Christmas entrance.” –

  14. Psycho29 says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone at HI/O !!!!
    Hockey related, I got “Coach”, the Pat Burns Story, a “Know Your Hockey” quiz book, and a Hockey Night in Canada coffee mug. I think it’s an official mug because it looked like Don Cherry’s beard hair in it.

    Good on the IIHF in Jenner’s suspension. He’s a repeat offender, this is the only way he’ll learn. If that hit happened to a Canadian player we’d be screaming blue murder.

  15. Mustang says:

    May all of the HOI gang have a safe and Very Merry Christmas.

    Mustang

  16. centre hice says:

    RIGA………….your comments are complete nonsense.

    Any perceived anti Canada bias is complete BS.

    Jenner’s hit was not only illegal, but he is a repeat offender too. He was kicked out of last years tournament as well. To throw a hit like that in an exhibition game was unnecessary.

    Canada IS the wjc. Without Canada there is no juniors. The IIHF knows this.

    BTW, Sweden’s best player, Zibenajad, is not allowed to play in the tourny because Canadiens (the Senators) won’t let him. One of USA’s top players, Noesen, was suspended by the CHL with the suspension suspiciously lasting until the end of the tournament.

    • Riga Fraction says:

      You have the right to your opinion, no matter how completely full of shit it is.
      You also have the right to be disrespectful, and have the right to be disrespected in return for such stupidity.

      P.S. Noesen’s “suspicious” suspension is for a leaping elbow to the head on a blindside opponent after a full length of the ice charge into the corner behind him, that knocked his victim out. The 10 games he got for such hit is given to EVERYBODY that does the exact same sort of thing EVERY TIME they do it, as a minimum. Often it’s a much longer suspension.

  17. Cal says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    Yesterday’s song never loaded properly, so one more time, along with the most hit parody on my site. Have fun, everyone!
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  18. Riga Fraction says:

    The IIHF shows their typical Anti-Canada bias in yet another kangaroo court decision. It’s disgusting, but typical with the European bias against Canada, and then they wonder why we have moments when we don’t care much for them either? Worse, our bleeding heart media are only too willing to jump in and pile on with them while our fans pile on right along with them. We’re thugs and the Europeans are pure finesse sportsmen *riiiiiiiiight*

    Let’s compare two hits to see the overwhelming bias in action.
    Isangulov hits Jenner (Russia/Canada) and Jenner hits Pettersen (Canada/Sweden)

    Jenner is said to have hit the Swede marginally late after the Swede passes the puck, but was still the legal puck carrier as no one else had touched it yet (it’s close, but we’ll give the antiCanada crowd less than half a second as somehow being attrocious for the moment).
    Isangulov hit Jenner when Jenner had never once touched the puck on the entire shift. He was not and never was the legal puck carrier at any time.

    On those two alone, Isangulov’s is worse, but that’s only the beginning.
    Isangulov left his feet, Jenner did not
    Isangulov lead with his elbow, Jenner did not
    Isangulov hit the head, Jenner hit all shoulder
    Isangulov took a healthy run at him, Jenner coasted the entire way
    Isangulov stood over the dazed and injured victim taunting him, Jenner said he was sorry to hear the Swede was hurt and wished him a full and speedy recovery.

    Isangulov got a 2 minute minor on that play, Jenner was given 5 a game and a suspension for poking him (one of the laziest spears I’ve ever seen and less than Russian players do on any given shift in every game) so effectively Russia gets a powerplay for 3 minutes.
    Jenner was given 5 a game and a 3 game suspension for hitting the Swede

    Everyone wants to pile on and call Jenner a thug because of the past incident with Isangulov and then pile on more on Canada as a whole because of this hit. I say BULL, this is just typical anti-Canada bias and our own media and fans should stop jumping on the delusional European bandwagon that releases such ridiculous propaganda as if they are pure sportsmen and we are somehow knuckle dragging thugs with no talent.

    How anyone could watch these two hits and pick Jenners as the 3 game suspension and Isangulov’s as being perfectly ok is beyond any rational comprehension.

  19. L Elle says:

    Merry Christmas to the HIO family. Health and happiness to all.
    (and a top pick) :)

  20. Steven says:

    So, I’m either kinda late or super early, depending on how you look at it.

    Merry Christmas to all of you. You’re all awesome

  21. habstrinifan says:

    Tis 11:25PM as I write this. A very Merry Xmas to every single member of the HIO community. May JOY and LOVE and PEACE be yours throughout this holiday season and into the New Year. And to the dedicated staffers and members (forgive if I dont name you for fear of missing any) who keep the site vibrant and informative with their research, scouting, and knowledge…. a special thank you.

    And oh yes…. Merry Xmas to Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr too.

  22. kempie says:

    Happy whateveryacallit to everybody here. It doesn’t matter what you believe or don’t or what you call it. It’s about spending quality time with those you love most and making big-time memories.

    Personally, after spending Saturday night violently vomiting, sweating & peeing out my bum, my fever is receding and tonight I will eat cheese & shrimp, drink wine, perhaps a Guinness and chill with my equally sick wife.

    Tomorrow, we will NOT rush to open our gifts, race into the shower pack up our crap to hurry to a house full of screaming kids and arguing adults.

    Instead we will wake up to Irish coffees & snowman cupcakes, turn on the fire, cook our first turkey and leisurely enjoy the company of the people we love the most. I hope you all can experience something as awesome.

  23. Just in time for Christmas…’A Bettman Christmas Carol’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ9x8morTRI
    Happy Holidays!
    Telio
    The greatest Canadiens and NHL news-site: http://teliopost.com/
    Twitter: @teliopost

  24. The Jackal says:

    I’m not the only one, I’m sure, who hopes Binnington gets lit up so we can see Subban all tourney long!

    Not all oysters produce pearls, thankfully, Price is a pearl producing oyster.

  25. HabFab says:

    T’wis the Night before Christmas,
    And all thru HIO, stirred nary a troll!
    And I with my new Canadien Fleece Heated Throw*,
    Had just settled in to read Robert L’s new book.
    When to my astonished eye appeared Scrooge on the telly…

    Merry Christmas to All, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Years!!

    * NOTE: Son #3 claims he hadn’t received the boycott memo… whats up with that Calgary??
    What the heck, it’s nice and warm!!

  26. solomio says:

    Merry Christmas, hosers !!

    “I figure Bergevin has 3 or 4 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  27. Blondie says:

    lol. Fans giving it to the NHL and NHLPA on their facebook Christmas posts.

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl-lockout/2012/12/24/nhl_facebook_fans_trash_in_comments/

  28. Peter Young says:

    Season’s greetings to all supporters of the Montreal Canadiens and best wishes for the New Year. May our club prosper on the ice in the New Year.

  29. piper says:

    Merry Christmas to all my fellow Hab fans and good luck to the juniors. Go Canada Go!!!

  30. Bripro says:

    It wasn’t a great year for hockey, but it was a very good one for HIO conversations.
    Thank you all for the laughs, the frustrations and the fun banter.
    I look forward to chatting and reading as often as possible. We all have something in common. And most of you come across with a great deal of poise and respect. Thank you for that.
    I wish you all the very best of Christmas and Hanukah, and a wonderful New Year. God Bless and let’s talk often in 2013!

  31. accp says:

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all – hope we get to see our Habs play again in 2013.

  32. Blondie says:

    Just want to add my voice and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Even the trolls. :)

    Let’s hope Santa brings some common sense to a few individuals and we get NHL hockey in January.

    Cheers!

  33. commandant says:

    Last but not least…. Team Canada

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/12/24/wjc-preview-who-to-watch-team-canada/

    Go Habs Go!
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  34. BJ says:

    Frohe Weihnachten from Germany.

  35. habsonly says:

    Its been awhile since posting and its been awhile since there was a Habs hockey game but I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you on HIO and all Habs fans and their families a Very Merry Christmas!! Be safe, eat , drink and be Merry!

    GO HABS GO!

  36. ont fan says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. You are a die hard bunch.

  37. Boomer says:

    For those interested in watching Galchenyuk play against the best players in the world, Nhl.com is showing live games. some of them are 9:00am showings.
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=12331

  38. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …and all through the house, no thing was stirring …not even a Bettman

    Merry Christmas and God’s blessing to all Us forlorn Habs Fans

    …may Your stockings be full tomorrow morning :)

  39. BKAK72 says:

    A very sincere Merry Christmas to all and let’s all look forward to a wonderful New Year.

    – HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  40. HabinBurlington says:

    Great to see all the warm Christmas holiday messages. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you.

    God bless! Be safe, but have have fun.

    CHeers!

  41. punkster says:

    BEST OF THE SEASON TO ALL ON HI/O!!!

    Caught a home town SOJHL win on Saturday for the Applejacks, then a late night beer league game with my nephew, then a GOJHL win for the Sugar Kings on Sunday and finally a good old family skate at the local rink this morning.

    NHL…who needs them?

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  42. commandant says:

    Team USA is up… leaving just one more to go.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/12/24/wjhc-who-to-watch-team-usa/

    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports
    http://lastwordonsports.com/

  43. Kimberly2u says:

    I hope everyone has a safe and merry Christmas and a great new year

  44. HabFab says:

    ECHL attendance up by only 2% and AHL actually DOWN by 7%… wonder how the CHL and NCAA attendance is doing?
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2012/12/24/nhl-lockout-minor-league-attendance/1788983/

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      That’s interesting. I wondered about the CHL too. i’ve actually bought a package of 10 tickets to the Hitemen, which i would never have done if the nhl was still around. But the buildings seem empty and I imagine attendance is down as well.

  45. jols101 says:

    GO CANADA GO !!!

    Oh ya, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the entire HIO Family. And

    GO CANADA GO !!! and Galchenyuk and Collberg but mostly GO CANADA GO.

  46. habsfan0 says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody and their families on HIO!

    My Christmas wish list for Santa for 2013:

    1)Hockey no later than January.
    2)Habs win Stanley Cup in June.
    3)Buffalo Bills win Super Bowl in February 2014

    These are modest requests which I’m sure Santa will have little or no problem fulfilling.

  47. Habfan10912 says:

    From my family to all of yours all of our warmest wishes during this holiday season. I have been blessed by the many friends I’ve gained on HIO. I am truly honored. May all your wishes come true. Blessings to all!
    CHeers
    Jim

    ———————————–

  48. Trisomy 21 says:

    Instead of replying to everyone I thought I’d say Merry Christmas to everyone. Enjoy your time with your families.

    and a Festivus for the rest of us.

  49. Mr. Biter says:

    Merry Christmas to all and early 8:30 (CST) Canada Jrs. games to all.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  50. Ian Cobb says:

    Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful HIO family!
    Your the very best!
    SANTA will bring us hockey next year folks!

    Ian

  51. JF says:

    I don’t usually agree with Jack Todd, but today I do – both with what he said about Bettman and with his comments on the junior team.

    Rather than endorsing Jenner’s hit and complaining about the officiating, Steve Spott should be telling his players to focus on playing a disciplined game. If they think they can spend a third of each period in the box and still win, they’re going to have a short tournament. Taking too many penalties has been a constant for Canadian junior teams over the years. On North American ice or with an absolutely dominant team, we can sometimes get away with being undisciplined; but that will not be the case this year. Canada’s juniors looked very average against the Finns and Swedes. They did not score much, and therefore cannot afford to give the opposition a lot of powerplays. Granted the games did not count and the kids were probably still a bit jet-lagged, but they have not looked so far like a medal team.

    Another thing – I hate this creed of “finishing your checks”. What purpose does it serve to slam a guy into the ice or the boards as he releases the puck? The play has moved on. Sometimes it seems as though hockey these days is more about finishing your checks and blocking shots than it is about skill and speed.

    A merry Christmas to all my fellow posters and the guys who have been keeping this site alive during the last dark hundred days. Here’s hoping for an end to the lockout and NHL hockey in 2013!

    • 24 Cups says:

      Great post, Jane. The reactions and comments by Jenner, Spott and Ferraro reflect all that is wrong with the game of hockey right now. Arguing over whether or not it was a legitimate hit(and/or play) is totally missing the point.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jane. BTW, my wife had knee replacement surgery on Wednesday and I’ve taken on all the roles of the household (not to mention it’s Christmas!). It’s almost noon time and I’m already wiped out!!! I can’t wait for my daughter to arrive and save my sorry butt.

    • Malreg says:

      “Another thing – I hate this creed of “finishing your checks”. What purpose does it serve to slam a guy into the ice or the boards as he releases the puck?”

      It serves several purposes. You are removing the opposing player from the play. You are wearing down the opposing player. You are making his life difficult. The next time he touches the puck he’s going to know that he’s going to get hit and he’s going to just get rid of the puck instead of taking his time to make the right decision.

      I’m not advocating late hits, but hitting is a part of hockey. Yes, the main idea behind it is to remove the player from the puck, but it is also about much more than that.

      • JF says:

        The main purpose of hitting is to separate the player from the puck. If he has already released it or is in the act of doing so, the hit becomes superfluous and is often counter-productive, in that you take yourself as well as him out of the play. You also risk injuring him and possibly yourself.

    • neumann103 says:

      Agreed on the “finishing your check” nonsense. I feel like a broken record but it seem to be a development of the last 20 years or so .Taking a thirty foot run atsomeone who got rid of the puck two seconds ago is commendedas “finishing tor check” instead of being penalized for charging. Which is what it is.

      In the 1970s you could get away with a lot of things that would get you bounced from the game today. But charging was penalized not lauded

      “Et le but!”

  52. ProHabs says:

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all the fine folks here at HIO. Even though there is no NHL, you guys draw me to the site everyday to read the articles and the great comments from all the awesome commenters.

    May 2013 bring a Stanley Cup to the Habs in the Fantasy Hockey League.

  53. otter649 says:

    Merry Christmas & Habby New Year to all the folks on Hockey Inside Out…….

  54. Haborama says:

    I’d like to wish everyone here a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  55. Hoegaarden says:

    Merry Christmas / Joyeux Noel to one and all Habs fans on HIO.

    May good health be with Mr. Beliveau for years to come.

  56. Timo says:

    Merry Christmas to all of you folks. All the best wishes.

    Timo

  57. Propwash says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone from my family to yours.

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  58. commandant says:

    The Russians, Slovaks and Germans and Who to Watch as we roll out the big WJC preview today.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2012/12/24/who-to-watch-wjc-russia-slovakia-and-germany/

    Go Habs Go!
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  59. shiram says:

    Merry Xmas and a happy holidays to all!

  60. 24 Cups says:

    This is the day when I have the best avatar on the site:-)

    Merry Christmas to all!

  61. petefleet says:

    “If the deal you killed a season to get was so bad that you had to kill another entire season to get a different deal, then I’m sorry, but you’re an idiot. If the owners have a shred of intestinal fortitude, they’ll tell Bettman not to let the door hit him on the way out.”
    This is probably the only thing Jack Todd ever said that I whole-heartedly agree with.
    Merry Xmas everyone. Happy New Year.

    Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Jack+Todd+Ugly+Canadians+show+again/7738933/story.html#ixzz2FyZTaJzw

    ******************************************

    “It just goes to show how difficult predictions are, especially ones made about the future.”

    RGM
    ***Habs Forever***

    • 9the rocket says:

      every one is entitled to their opinion however some are not worth much. Mr Todd has an amazing ability to be trite and quite obtuse. I pay very little attention to him because he makes my blood boil witht e short sighted comments he makes. Gary Bettman works for the owners, he does their bidding, at least blame the right people.

      merry Chrismas.

      I am a habs fan, players will come and go but the habs are forever.

  62. Chris says:

    I just wanted to wish the entire HI/O community and their loved ones a safe and happy holidays. May Jolly St. Pat(rice) bring you personal happiness, (NHL labour) peace and long, flowing, luxurious hair. :)

    As always, it has been a great year conversing with everybody here, even without NHL hockey to fuel our passions.

  63. Cal says:

    Merry Christmas to all who visit here at HIO and to all those that make this site possible.
    This composer really gets a Handel on his music, let me tell you.
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  64. HardHabits says:

    1994 when New Jersey won the Cup was a BS season. The Bettman era must come to an end. Nothing good will come to this league until Bettman is gone and a Canadian becomes commissioner, some-one like Ken Dryden.

  65. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Wings wonder whether NHL owners truly care about the game; Bob Duff, Windsor Star: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/12/23/wings-wonder-whether-nhl-owners-truly-care-about-the-game/

  66. Say Ash says:

    Truly a living legend. On a side note, where can I get that clock on his shelf? It’s awesome!

  67. JohnBellyful says:

    That was a nice early Christmas present. Thank you, Mr. Stubbs. And best wishes, Mr. Beliveau. Joyeux Noel.

  68. commandant says:

    Pure class

    Go Habs Go!
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  69. Cal says:

    Merry Christmas to le Gros Bill and all his family. Merry Christmas to David and a big thanks for another update on the Habs Greatest One.

  70. Marc10 says:

    I never had the privilege of seeing the great man play, but my Uncle, who no longer watches hockey (or cares much for it), still has a special mention every once in a while for ‘Monsieur Béliveau’ who remains his idol to this day.

    I can’t think of a better Ambassador for the game or for the club… or for the province or the country! Le Gros Bill is the very definition of dignity and class.

    Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année Monsieur Béliveau!

  71. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …thank goodness for Dave Stubbs’ loving columns of Our Immortals

    …and, Jean …don’t go anywhere !

    …We need You more than ever

    …Merry Christmas and may God bless Your health

  72. Psycho29 says:

    Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2013 to Mr. and Mrs Beliveau…..Oh and the rest of the HI/O community too.

    Edit: and I almost forgot…….FIRST!!!!

  73. The Dude says:

    High stuff…..I’m in.

  74. kempie says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the USA team make a little noise in this tournament this year.

  75. New says:

    I think Canada won’t go far either but then again the Slovaks lost a game to Russia in an overtime that wouldn’t have happened if the Russians didn’t get an offside goal. With juniors and junior officials anything can happen.

  76. twilighthours says:

    Totally agree. Certainly, Germany isn’t testing him, but he looks sloppy and slow on his skates.

  77. ed lopaz says:

    Jones has several different gears. He plays down to weaker competition. You should not be fooled by this lack of intensity – he can flat out play; excellent mobility and acceleration for a man of his size.

    A world class talent.

  78. Haborama says:

    but he is terrifyingly soft for a guy his size though………

  79. twilighthours says:

    I’ll concede that I haven’t seen much, Ed. But what I’ve seen doesn’t say “1st overall.”

  80. ed lopaz says:

    1st time I saw him I couldn’t understand the hype either. Then he passed the puck d to d behind the net and cut across the front of his net to take the give and go pass in full stride.

    2 or 3 strides later he was skating full speed through the neutral zone and making everyone else look like they were standing still.


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