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NHL toasts Jean Beliveau

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - From Stanley Cups and all other NHL trophies from the Art Ross and Hart to the Conn Smythe, Jean Beliveau has earned his share of league honors in his day. Even 40 years since he last played a game, Beliveau is far from forgotten.

Thursday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the Habs' legendary No. 4 became the second-ever winner of the league's new lifetime achievement award, joining his longtime rival and good friend, Gordie Howe who earned the honor in 2008.

The 78-year-old Beliveau received a warm ovation on his way to the podium at the Palms Hotel.

"Thank you very much," said a visibly moved Beliveau. "This is a night I won't ever forget."

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