What can one say?
What can one say about a great hockey player that earned the respect of players across a tough six team league who couldn’t wait to pound on the new pretty boy of the habs making $20,000.00 a year? A princely sum back in the day.
What can one say about a man that current hockey players show immense respect towards?
What can one say about a man who transcended his sport and became a legend more for what he did off the ice than on the ice?
What can one say about a man who personally handwrote responses to the many thousands of letters he received throughout the years?
What can one say about a man who just would not say no to requests to appear at charity events? Events that earned much needed money for so many causes that otherwise would have had trouble earning anything at all.
What can one say about a man who oozed class and respect and who was called Mr. Béliveau by all regardless of generation?
What can one say about a habs captain that spoke little but managed to say much?
What can one say about a man that even fans of the hated Bruins and Leafs teams respect ?
What can one say about a man that will make a ultra comptetative player like terrible Ted Lindsay of Detroit go out of his way to show respect.
What can one say about a man that no one….NO ONE….has anything but great admiration for?
One can say thank you….
Thank you Mr. Béliveau…..thank you for the memories of stanley cups, for memories of the class and dignity you always showed.
Thank you Mr. Béliveau……….thank you so much…..
The ghosts at the Bell Center have a jersey with the C waiting for you.