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Jean Beliveau: My Life in Hockey Paperback – Sep 20 2005
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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(2005-10-21)
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(2005-12-03)
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(2005-12-18)
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(2006-01-01)
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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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.
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.
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.