Here are statements issued today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic and Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy.
Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic:
"Jean Béliveau is a true legend of the game and always represented the sport with unbelievable class. Our thoughts are with the Béliveau family, his friends, the Montreal Canadiens and everyone he touched during his remarkable life, both on the ice and away from the rink. He was a great ambassador for the game of hockey and will be dearly missed."
Avalanche Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy:
"With his extraordinary talent and classy personality, Jean Béliveau not only became a hockey legend, but also a role model who will remain closely and forever linked to both Quebec and Canadian history.
"Personally, I will cherish the unbelievable memories of my meetings with him and will remember them forever."