Happy 81st birthday to Habs icon Jean Béliveau

Jean Beliveau

Jean Béliveau sifts through his fan mail at home in the 1950s. The mail still arrives in great volume.
Gazette file photo

Happy 81st birthday and a great many happy returns to Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau, who blows out one more candle on Friday.

The Habs icon continues to make strong progress in his recovery from a February stroke. Here’s a feature look at Mr. Béliveau’s rebound from his latest challenge, one of too many he’s had to face in the past few years.

A nice slideshow produced by the Canadiens is here.

Below: Jean Béliveau is still signing autographs, 59 years after having first joined the Canadiens. He’s signing a photo at home, here with his wife, Élise.
Pierre Obendrauf, Gazette

Below: Jean Beliveau, with the Quebec Aces in the early 1950s, gets a rubdown under the watchful eye of Aces coach Punch Imlach.
Gazette file photo

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