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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; 2nd Edition edition (Sept. 20 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553651499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553651499
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The last few chapters, where Beliveau curtails from talking about his life in hockey, are what really vault the book to the next level. —Cambridge Times


Beliveau's book is for anyone who wants to learn more about one of hockey's most gifted stars and by far its greatest ambassador. In print, as he did on the ice, Le Gros Bill both educates and entertains. —Montreal Gazette


If you're looking for that last-minute gift for the sports fan on your list, you can't go wrong with . . . My Life in Hockey by Jean Beliveau. —Victoria Times Columnist


Jean Beliveau: My Life in Hockey is packed with stories, anecdotes, tributes, and opinions about players past and present from a man many have cited as a much-needed role model for professional sports, a man whose life and career have personified ability and success. —New York Sport Scene Magazine


About the Author

For close to twenty seasons, Jean Beliveau was le Gros Bill, "the gentle giant" centreman and captain of the fabled Montreal Canadiens during the team's glory years in the 1950s and 1960s. Retiring from active play in 1971, he went on to a successful twenty-two-year career as the Canadien's senior vice-president of corporate affairs and to life-long service as a goodwill ambassador for the sport. For half a century, he has been universally acknowledged as a prince of our national game and unofficial royalty to four generations of Canadians.

Chrys Goyens is a journalist, public relations consultant, and the author of more than a dozen books on hockey, among them biographies of Scotty Bowman, Larry Robinson, Maurice Richard, Darryl Sittler and Mario Lemieux. He is co-author with Allan Turowetz of the bestselling history of the Montreal Canadiens, The Lions in Winter. He lives in Montreal.

Allan Turowetz is a senior executive with Algail Enterprises Inc., a management consulting firm based in Toronto. He has co-authored several books on hockey subjects with Chrys Goyens and was team sociologist to the Buffalo Sabres, the Hartford Whalers, and Canadian Men's Basketball team.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Les Couchie on Dec 12 2005
Format: Paperback
This bio is of a great hockey player, but more importantly a great Canadian and Canadien. Jean is the epitome of class. His story is typical of young boys growing up with the dream of playing in the NHL. But that is where it ends. Jean is a loyal and dedicated person whose quiet leadership follows him everywhere. If you don't like hockey this is still a great book to read.
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Above the Fray Dec 29 2008
By Pugwash - Published on
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The term "above the fray" implies someone with lofty ideals who loves what he does, or who he/she is with, and who refuses to engage in anything that would demean or lower the standards of what he/she respects.

So it is with Jean Beliveau, the former captain of the Montreal Canadiens, who played for and presided over one of the remarkable dynasties in the history of sports.

Beliveau skated for the Canadiens in the 1950's into the early 1970's, and was the face of the franchise. Beliveau was the urbane, classy sportsmen who understood his teammates, and knew what it took to win.

His love for his sport resulted in his second career, after playing, which was not as excitting, but every bit as interesting as his first. Beliveau became the executive officer of the Canadiens for nearly thirty years.

He is a loyal friend, an emissary for hockey, and an all-time great hall of fame skater.

Hockey has had its' share of image issues through time. The fighting, the goons, labor strikes and lockouts, the loss of television contracts and broad based fan appeal.

But through it all, a man with the upbeat attitude, graciousness and class of Beliveau has been the friend of hockey. His story, and the lessons he espouses are greatly worthwhile.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a real treat to hear Beliveau's life story in his own words Oct. 21 2013
By lindapanzo - Published on
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I've been a lifelong hockey fan but love the old-time game, back in the days before they wore helmets and there were only 6 teams in the league. One of the greatest players of that era--the 1950s and 1960s--was the star center of the Montreal Canadiens, Jean Beliveau.

It was a real treat to hear his life story told in his own words, his pre-hockey days, his days in juniors and his career, of course, but also of his post-hockey career as an executive for the Montreal Canadiens. I also loved hearing his insights on how the game has changed.

Best of all were his comments about other players of his era and later. Beliveau was called "le Gros Bill"--the Gentle Giant--and he seems like a wonderful guy, one who deserves all the accolades that came his way.
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A sleeper towards the end March 22 2011
By Ogilthorpe - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading about the personal life of Jean in the first third of the book; however towards the end the long-winded opinions Jean has regarding the modern NHL, local politics, and issues not really connected to him or hockey made it difficult towards the end... I really enjoyed the first half of the book though, and would have enjoyed the book more if it continued on that trajectory.
Le Grand Dec 15 2010
By Mike B - Published on
Format: Paperback
Honest rendering by `Le Grand' who seems nice to everybody. It made me realize how much more I care about the old game (of Jean's era) and how little I care about the game now. He makes a good point on how helmets tend to make players more anonymous.

The beginning of the book is a little tedious because most of us know very little about hockey in Victoriaville and Quebec City. Interestingly enough people flocked to the arenas in those pre-TV days. I liked his commentaries on Bobby Orr - who was like a meteor on ice.

Jean is a great example of an individual who didn't let his ego get in the way of his love for the game.
Good book for hockey fans, especially hockey history fans. Aug. 20 2015
By Sheila Lanz Jimenez - Published on
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I was surprised to find out how intelligent Jean Beliveau was. He was a real class act.