Sports Illustrated's classic photos of Jean Béliveau.
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Jean Béliveau was the first hockey player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. This Jan. 23, 1956 cover was hardly a jinx, as Beliveau went on to win the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP) and Art Ross Trophy (Top Point Scorer) following the season.
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Jean Béliveau, playing with the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Senior Hockey League (QSHL), looks to shoot the puck into the net in Dec. 1952.
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Jean Béliveau lies in bed reading Tolstoy's Anna Karenina with a cigar in his mouth in Dec. 1952.
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Jean Béliveau greets young fans at an outdoor skating rink in Dec. 1952.
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Jean Béliveau reads a newspaper at the counter of a diner in Montreal in Dec. 1952.
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Jean Béliveau aka "Le Gros Bill" mixes it up with Red Wings left wing Terrible Ted Lindsay during a game in Montreal on Feb. 17, 1955.
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Jean Béliveau flies through the air while shooting the puck against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 20, 1955.
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Jean Béliveau checks Rangers defenseman Lou Fontinato into the boards during a game in New York on Nov. 27, 1955.
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Jean Béliveau shoots the puck past Red Wings goalie Glenn Hall as Gordie Howe (9) and Henri Richard sprawl on the ice in the second period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on April 10, 1956. Montreal won the game 3-1, taking the Cup.
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The Canadiens' captain and conquering hero waves to the crowd at the Stanley Cup victory parade in Montreal in mid-April 1956.
11 of 21Richard Meek for Sports Illustrated
Jean Béliveau looks to shoot the puck past Rangers defenseman Bill Gadsby during a game in New York on Oct. 24, 1956.
12 of 21John G. Zimmerman for Sports Illustrated
Jean Béliveau in the Canadiens' locker room before a game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Montreal on Jan. 25, 1958.
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Jean Béliveau and Maurice Richard (left) smile in the dressing room with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Boston Bruins 5-3 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Boston Garden on April 20, 1958.
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Jean Béliveau holds the Conn Smythe Trophy in the locker room after the Canadiens defeated the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 1, 1965. He became the first player to receive the trophy, which is awarded to the postseason's Most Valuable Player.
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Jean Béliveau flicks the puck between the legs of Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower as defenseman Tim Horton looks on during a game on Feb. 22, 1967 in Toronto.
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The Hockey Hall of Famer in 1970.
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Jean Béliveau scores on Bruins goalie Eddie Johnston as Beliveau's teammate Yvan Cournoyer (12) looks on during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals in Boston on April 8, 1971.
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Jean Béliveau holds the Stanley Cup after his final game, a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals on May 18, 1971.
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Jean Béliveau sits between Ted Lindsay (left) and Guy Lafleur as the two shake hands at an award ceremony in the late 1970s.
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Jean Béliveau (front center) poses with former Canadiens (left to right) Dickie Moore, Don Marshall, Jean-Guy Talbot, Henri Richard and Tom Johnson during the "Salute to the Stanley Cup Legends" in Ottawa on June 1, 2007.
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Jean Béliveau poses with his NHL Lifetime Achievement Award after the 2009 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 18, 2009.
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