Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/2/12

Montreal Canadiens legend John Beliveau is making excellent progress in his recovery from a stroke.

Elise Beliveau, the Hall of Famer's wife, told the Montreal Gazette on Thursday that her husband had regained some of his strength and was speaking and laughing.

The 80-year-old Beliveau remains under observation at Montreal General Hospital after suffering a stroke on Monday.

Beliveau had been hospitalized last summer and underwent surgery to repair abdominal aneurysms.

A 14-time All-Star who led the Canadiens to 10 Stanley Cups, Beliveau amassed 507 goals and had 712 assists in 18 seasons.

Beliveau spent his last 10 seasons as Montreal's captain and retired following the 1970-71 season.

One year later, the Hockey Hall of Fame waived its mandatory three-year waiting period and inducted him unanimously.

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