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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books (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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IN THE SPRING OF 2004, I was the guest of Jean Beliveau at a Canadiens game at Montreal's dazzling Bell Centre. Read the first page
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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.
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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.
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
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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.

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