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I never got a chance to meet Mr Belliveau. I closest i ever came was the Penguins game that followed "The Comeback" The habs lost and we were gettign ready to leave and I saw he was signing autographs. I rushed over to get in line, and the usher told me I couldnt see him :( He literally cut the line off at the person in front of me. To this day i still wish I had knocked that usher out .

Afterwards I read an article about how Jean would always respond to the cards and letters he received thorugh the year. Testing it I send him a christmas card one year and sure enough I got a signed card back! I did this for a few years and like clockwork there would be a card from Mr Belliveau .

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Unlike guys like Guy Lafleur and Serge Savard, Beliveau was an ambassador to the team who never muddled in the politics of being a Montreal Canadien. He was simply a man who filled the role of hockey player and icon. I don't think his death comes as a surprise to many, given his failing health in the past few years, but it's nevertheless a sad day for the Montreal Canadiens' family and for hockey. RIP.

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"Meeting him is not like meeting other stars from the old days," recalled Béliveau's former linemate Gilles Tremblay, who died on Nov. 26. "When people see Bobby Hull, they say: 'Hi Bobby.' When they meet Big Jean, it's always: 'Hi, Mr. Béliveau.' He commands respect."

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/jean-b%C3%A9liveau-beloved-canadiens-hockey-legend-dead-at-83-1.2708477

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Sad SAD day. RIP Le Gros Bill and sincere condolences to the Béliveau family.

The best quote I've read so far this morning comes from Gary Bettman of all people: "No record book can capture, no image can depict, no statue can convey the grandeur of the remarkable Jean Béliveau."

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Just listening to TSN 690. It is truly heartwarming to hear fans, twitter feeds, and media call in to tell stories of their memories of Le Gros Bill.

Molson said the club will work closely with Beliveau's family "to organize the ceremonies that will take place in the coming days."

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