“Le Numero 4, Requiscant In Pace”

3 Dec

If one can remember when the National Hockey League had only 6 Teams, when Clarence Campbell was League President, when CBC Sports was The True Home of “Hockey Night In Canada” on both Radio and Television, when Danny Gallivan in Montreal and Foster Hewitt in Toronto called NHL Games on CBC Sports and Le Forum De Montreal and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, when Players were almost always Canadians, when there were 4 Teams in the USA and Cable Television was rare and the Montreal Canadiens won Stanley Cup after Stanley Cup and no one had a Mobile Phone, then You and I must remember Les Canadiens Centre, Le Numero 4, Jean Beliveau.
He was one of the 1st Hockey Superstars to score 500+ Goals, retiring at the end of The 1970-71 Season with 507 Goals.
He died after a Number of Illnesses at 83, yesterday on December 2nd, 2014.
He played Twenty Seasons until he was 40.
I lived in one of the 4 US Cities which has an NHL Franchise. In fact I still do, only there are Three Teams in the Area. I live in Queens. My Native Brooklyn will be Home to the NY Islanders in the 2015-2016 NHL Season, playing at the Barclay’s Center at Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue. The New Jersey Devils play at Prudential Center in Newark. The Devils used to be in East Rutherford, NJ. The NY Islanders are still at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, in Nassau County. The NHL will be in Urban Areas in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area.

Jean Beliveau harkens back to the days of 6 Teams, but saw the days of The 1st NHL Coast To Coast Expansion, carrying the Game into Southern California. The Game went into Hollywood. Then again, that’s where the Brooklyn Dodgers went.

And now Jean Beliveau belongs to the Ages.

Au Nom Du Pere, Et De Fille, Et de Sancte Esprit, Amen!

M, Eh!

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