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Canadiens great Beliveau to lie in state at Bell Centre

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MONTREAL -- In accordance with the wishes of the Beliveau family, the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club announced Wednesday the details of events in the days leading up to Mr. Beliveau's funeral.

The team's management stresses that, in keeping with the family's wishes, all activities will reflect the image of the late hockey legend: they will be simple and accessible to the public. Out of respect for the public, which has supported Jean Beliveau over the years, the Beliveau family announced that they had agreed to share their grief with the community. They hope, however, that the media and the public will continue to respect their privacy during this painful time.

In order to provide the public with an opportunity to pay their respects to Mr. Beliveau, a bronze statue of the legendary team captain will be on display across from the Bell Centre's main entrance, on avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal today until Saturday. Mr. Beliveau will lie in state at the Bell Centre on Sunday, December 7 and Monday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fans who wish to pay a final tribute to Mr. Beliveau can do so by entering the Bell Centre using the main entrance at 1909 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal.

Members of the general public who wish to express their condolences can do so by visiting the Montreal Canadiens website. Fans who would like to honour the memory of Jean Beliveau through a financial contribution are invited to make a donation in the name of the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, an organization that had a special place in Mr. Beliveau's heart, and one that he had greatly invested in.

Mr. Beliveau's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, located on Rene Levesque Blvd., near Mansfield St.

During tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild, all Canadiens player will don the # 4 on their helmets to honour the legendary captain.

Here is an overview of the events:

Sunday, December 7 and Monday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Mr. Beliveau will lay in wake at the Bell Centre (main entrance, 1909 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal)

Wednesday, December 10 at 2 p.m.

- Funerals (Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Rene-Levesque Blvd., corner Mansfield)

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