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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Au revoir Jean!

One of hockey's all-time greats, Jean Believeau died the other day.  If you had to pick a guy to represent the game you couldn't go wrong with Le Gros Bill.

I don't own very many of his cards.  This is the oldest in my collection.
 1969 Topps #10

This is a cool reprint.

Jean had one of the all-time great signatures.  As classy as he was.  This card is never leaving my collection.

Hockey awards and accomplishments
Played in 14 NHL All-Star Games
NHL First All-Star Team (6)
NHL Second All-Star Team (4)
Longest-serving captain in Canadiens history (tied with Saku Koivu)
Second all-time in Canadiens history in points, assists and games played, third in goals
Art Ross Memorial Trophy (1956)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1965)
Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP) (1956, 1964)
NHL Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)
In 1998, he was ranked number 7 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.

Some photos.
 Jean has hoisted the Cup more times than anyone, 10 as a player and another 7 as an executive.

Believau, Hull and Howe!

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