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.