At age 81, Jean Béliveau counts his blessings at Christmas


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!”

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(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)

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