Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/15/14
from the Montreal Canadiens website,   In honor of Jean Béliveau's 81st birthday, we present a tribute in numbers of some highlights from the legend's career and life. 15 – Age at which Béliveau’s talent caught Canadiens general manager Frank Selke’s eye, causing him to persuade the young forward to sign a contract with the team. Selke would eventually convince him to sign a B-form contract, meaning that should Béliveau turn pro, it would be as a member of the Canadiens. 117 – Number of games that Jean Béliveau played as a member of the Quebec Aces, before the Canadiens organization decided to buy the entire Quebec Senior Hockey League, turn it into a minor pro league, and thereby force the young forward to join the Habs in 1953. continued
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