The hockey world was saddened by the passing of Montreal Canadiens legend and iconic Hockey Hall of Famer Jean Béliveau on Tuesday night at the age of 83.
The impact he'd made, both as one of the greatest players of all time and as a true role model, was reflected in the outpouring of respect and admiration on social media.
Here are some of the most noteworthy and poignant remembrances:
Very sad to hear about Jean Béliveau! The sparkle is my grandfather's eyes when he was talking about him was always very special!— David Perron (@DP_57) December 3, 2014
Sad to see such a legend in Jean Béliveau pass away. What a legacy he left behind, pure class— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) December 3, 2014
My favourite interview was the one that verified a boyhood choice. Should athletes be idols? Certainly, if they can be like Jean Beliveau.— Dave Hodge - TSN (@TSNDaveHodge) December 3, 2014
Jean Beliveau: Family man, superstar hockey player, ambassador. The Jean Beliveau hat trick.— Mike Brophy (@HockeyBroph) December 3, 2014
Luc Robitialle on Beliveau: 'In Quebec, where I'm from, he's royalty.It's a sad day for hockey. Jean Beliveau is the Joe DiMaggio of hockey'— lisa dillman (@reallisa) December 3, 2014
It may be more accurate to say that Joe DiMaggio was a bit like Jean Beliveau— Eric Macramalla (@EricOnSportsLaw) December 3, 2014
A true legend has passed away. Honoured to say I wore the same colours as the man.. Condolences to the Beliveau family— Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8) December 3, 2014
Gary Betttman: "No record book can capture, no image can depict, no statue can convey the grandeur of the remarkable Jean Béliveau."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 3, 2014
Jean Beliveau was a father figure for everybody. His death sadden me a lot this morning.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) December 3, 2014
In the foyer and living room, there are pictures of our two children, our granddaughter and Jean Béliveau.— Michael Farber (@MichaelFarber3) December 3, 2014
It is with sadness that I learned of the passing of Jean Béliveau. He was a true legend and a class act. My thoughts are with his family.— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) December 3, 2014
I'm saddened to learn of the passing of the legendary Jean Béliveau. The sport of hockey has lost an icon, and the world a true gentleman.— Alex Auld (@alexjauld) December 3, 2014
2. Beliveau replied, "Just the Stanley Cup." Customs Agent: "We will just mark 'Canadian Goods Returned' "— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) December 3, 2014