Tuesday, October 23, 2012

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #39 Jean Beliveau

Jean Beliveau's name appears on the Stanley Cup 17 times!

17 times! Let that sink in.

With 10 Stanley Cup Championships as a player and 7 more as an executive, Jean Beliveau is a Montreal Canadiens legend. And not many individuals command the respect which he carries. In fact, during 1994 Beliveau was offered the position of Governor General of Canada but he declined.

A two-time winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP, Jean Beliveau scored 1,219 points (507 goals, 712 assists) in 1,125 games. He also added another 176 points in 162 playoff games.

He retired in 1971 and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972. In addition, in 1998 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award given by Canada.

Being one of my all-time favourite players, it's not surprising that I have a number of Jean Beliveau autographs in my collection. I've also had the pleasure of meeting him in person twice and it's amazing that his trademark signature rarely changes. From In The Game 2005-06 Ultimate 6th Edition comes an Ultimate Autograph Silver /50 and an Auto Trifecta Silver /18 featuring not only his autograph but a piece of his jersey, stick, and skate. From In The Game 2007-08 Ultimate 8th Edition comes this Dual Auto/Dual Memorabilia Silver card /24 which he shares with fellow Hab and fellow 1,000+ point scorer Guy Lafleur. And finally, from 2000-01 Upper Deck Legends Epic Signatures comes this pair of hard-signed autographs of Le Gros Bill himself.

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