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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Did you know that "Le Gros Bill" won 17 Stanley Cup?

Did you know that Jean Arthur "Le Gros Bill" Béliveau,  is a former professional ice hockey player who played parts of 20 seasons with the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens?

Did you know that Le Gros was born August 31, 1931 and his family turned down an offer of a minor-league pro contract for Jean at age fifteen?[5]

Did you know that Béliveau won both the Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the league's scoring champion and the Hart Memorial Trophy as its most valuable player?

 Did you know that during his 18 full seasons in Montreal, he played on 10 Stanley Cup winning teams 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971?

Did you know that Le Gros was the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for his performance in the 1965 Stanley Cup playoffs?

Did you know that Béliveau retired at the end of the 1970–71 NHL season as his team's all-time leader in points, second all-time in goals and the NHL's all-time leading playoff scorer?

Did you know that Le Gros Bill scored 507 goals and had 712 assists for 1,219 points in 1,125 NHL regular-season games plus 79 goals and 97 assists for 176 points in 162 playoff games?

Did you know that his jersey number (#4) was retired on October 9, 1971?

Did you know that in 1972, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Did you know that he is now the second all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history, behind Guy Lafleur. Only Henri Richard (1256 games) and Larry Robinson (1202 games) played more games for the Habs?

Did you know that Béliveau's name appears on the Stanley Cup a record seventeen times, including seven times as an executive for the Canadiens: 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1993?[6]

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