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Jean Beliveau Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

Former Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau was hospitalized after suffering a stroke on Monday evening.

Jean Beliveau played nearly 20 seasons as a center in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens and was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 1972. Beliveau holds the record for the most individual Stanley Cup victories in the history of the NHL. The Canadiens announced that Beliveau suffered a stroke on Monday evening. Beliveau also suffered a stroke in January of 2010, though it was not life threatening.

The Montreal Canadiens announced today that Jean Beliveau suffered a stroke on Monday evening and was admitted to the hospital.

Now 80 years old, Mr. Beliveau is currently undergoing active investigation and treatments. As of today and for the duration of his convalescence Mr. Beliveau humbly asks everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family.

After Beliveau retired from hockey in 1971, he still held a place with the Canadiens in their executive offices. Beliveau is also the longest tenured Canadiens captain in the team's history, and is second all-time in Canadiens history in points, assists and games played, as well as third all-time in goals.

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