Canadiens right winger Maxim Lapierre was presented with the Jean Beliveau Trophy in recognition for his charitable work in the community. Lapierre has been a spokesman for the Montreal Canadiens’ Children’s Foundation lottery and the second annual Maxim Lapierre golf tournament raised $50,000 for the foundation. He has also worked with the Riverside School Board’s anti-bullying campaign.
The award carries a $25,000 donation to a charity of Lapierre’s choosing.
“I just found out about the award and I want to sleep on it before I decide where the money’s going,” said Lapierre.
The 79-year-old Beliveau presented the trophy and the Hall of Famer said health concerns have forced him to cut back on his own charitable work. “For many years, I never said no but now I have to,” said Beliveau. He said he has reovered from heart problems which put him in the hospital last winter.