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Public viewing for Jean Beliveau to begin Sunday @NHLdotcom

Public viewing for Jean Beliveau is open at Bell Centre on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET for fans to pay their respects to the Montreal Canadiens legend.

Widely regarded as the greatest center in the history of the Canadiens, Beliveau scored 507 goals and 1,219 points in 1,125 games covering 18 seasons in Montreal. He played in 13 NHL All-Star Games, twice won the Hart Trophy as League MVP (1956 and 1964) and the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer in 1956.

In 1965, Beliveau was awarded the first Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The longtime Canadiens captain (1961-1971) won the Stanley Cup a record 17 times, 10 as a player and seven as an executive. His No. 4 was raised to the rafters of the Montreal Forum on Oct. 9, 1971.

Beliveau died on Dec. 2. His funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

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