The Montreal Canadiens said goodbye to one of their greatest players on Tuesday night.
In a moving ceremony prior to their game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Canadiens honored Jean Beliveau, who passed away last Tuesday at the age of 83, with a video tribute on the jumbotron and the ice.
The video featured highlights of Beliveau's career, in which he helped the Habs to 10 Stanley Cups in more than 20 years of play, all of them in Montreal.
The video also paid tribute to his family and service throughout the community.
Beliveau's seat, where he watched many games as a fan, was lit up, embroidered with his No. 4 and neighbored by his family, including his wife, on Tuesday. His jersey, too, was illuminated during the game.
After the video was over, fans held a moment of silence before breaking into a standing ovation that lasted more than a minute.
The Habs are wearing patches with Beliveau's No. 4 on it. The No. 4 is also painted behind the nets.
Beliveau made 13 All-Star games, won the Hart Trophy twice and the Art Ross and Conn Smythe twice.
- Darian Somers