Jean Béliveau: My Life in Hockey

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Few stars of professional hockey have been as admired, respected, and loved as Jean Arthur Beliveau. For close to twenty seasons, Beliveau was le Gros Bill, "the gentle giant" centreman of the fabled Montreal Canadiens during the glory years of the 1950s and 1960s. Retiring from on-ice action in 1971, he went on to fashion a successful twenty-two-year career both as the Canadiens' senior vice-president of corporate affairs and as a sort of ambassador at large for hockey in general. Beliveau's statistical record ...
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Few stars of professional hockey have been as admired, respected, and loved as Jean Arthur Beliveau. For close to twenty seasons, Beliveau was le Gros Bill, "the gentle giant" centreman of the fabled Montreal Canadiens during the glory years of the 1950s and 1960s. Retiring from on-ice action in 1971, he went on to fashion a successful twenty-two-year career both as the Canadiens' senior vice-president of corporate affairs and as a sort of ambassador at large for hockey in general. Beliveau's statistical record as a player is an impressive one - 507 goals and 712 assists in 1,125 games, all of them played with Canadiens teams that included such legends as Rocket Richard, Dickie Moore, Jacques Plante, Gump Worsley, and Doug Harvey. At the time of his retirement, Beliveau had 176 points in playoff action - a National Hockey League record that was surpassed only in 1987, by Wayne Gretzky. But more than the goals and the assists, more than the many awards and trophies he won, more than the ten Stanley Cup victories, it was Beliveau's elegance, intelligence, competitive focus, and aristocrat-like dignity that seemed to incarnate both the best of hockey and the best of the Canadiens'formidable winning tradition. My Life in Hockey is the long-awaited first-person story of a remarkable life, proof that great dreams dreamed by those raised in humble circumstances can come true. The eldest of eight children, son of a hard-working Quebecois electrical worker and his devoutly Catholic wife, Beliveau vividly describes here how he was able to parlay his skill in fun-filled backyard shinny games into a highly successful, much-talked-about junior and senior hockey career. Then, in 1953, in one of the most anticipated signings in the history of professional sport, he joined the NHL Montreal Canadiens for what was then the most lucrative salary ever paid a rookie. My Life in Hockey is packed with stories, anecdotes, opinions, tributes. Name the player - Bobby Orr, Boom-Boom Geof
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Believeau, captain of the Montreal Canadiens during their 1950s and 1960s heyday, here updates his 1994 portrait of himself and the game to include his battle with cancer and hockey today. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553651499
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,046,850
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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    BORING

    THIS BOOK IS SO BORING,I SLEEP WHEN I READ IT SOMETIMES BECAUSE IT IS MOSTLY DETAILS

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