Jean Beliveau’s 500th goal

On February 11, 1971, Montreal Canadien Jean Beliveau became the fourth player in the National Hockey League to score his 500th career goal in a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota North Stars.

The Canadiens went on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup at the end of the season with a 42-23-13 record.

Beliveau scored 507 goals in the 21 seasons he spent with the NHL. Of his 17 post season appearances, 10 resulted in a Stanley Cup victory. He was awarded with the 1955-56 Art Ross Trophy, 55-56 and 63-64 Hart Memorial Trophy and the 64-65 Conn Smythe Trophy.  The Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 after the institution waived the usual waiting period for a player.

Following his retirement from the ice, Beliveau moved to the Canadiens front office and worked in public relations. After retiring from the office, he rejected an offer to hold the office Governor General of Canada in order to spend ample quality time with his family. He continues to be an ambassador for his beloved team. He did not always want to be in Montreal but because the Canadiens owned him, he did not have a choice in the mater. He used his fame to start the Jean Beliveau Fund for underprivileged kids.

Related link: http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p197201&page=bio

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