MONTREAL - May 1, 1965 was a historic day in Jean Beliveau's long career, as it was the day he became the first-ever recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs.
Fifty-two years ago to the day, the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup on the heels of a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 at the Forum.
Beliveau scored the game-winning goal three times in the series. It was the second time in his career that he had scored three deciding goals in the Stanley Cup Final, and he became the first player in League history to repeat the feat. Before him, only Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers had scored three game-winners, in 1928.
In 1965, Beliveau scored the first goal of the deciding game only 14 seconds into the contest, making it the quickest championship-winning goal in history.
That year, the Canadiens legend finished the playoffs with 16 points (8G, 8A) to help his club end a Cup drought that began after they won their previous championship in 1960.