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Quotes from the hockey world and beyond about Jean Beliveau

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Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau died Tuesday night at the age of 83. Here are some quotes from around the hockey world and beyond:

"No record book can capture, no image can depict, no statue can convey the grandeur of the remarkable Jean Beliveau, whose elegance and skill on the ice earned the admiration of the hockey world while his humility and humanity away from the rink earned the love of fans everywhere. Mr. Beliveau was a formidable presence and his departure leaves an immeasurable void. As we grieve that he has left us, we cherish what he gave us: A sport elevated forever by his character, his dignity and his class. For all the accomplishments he achieved and all the accolades he received, Jean Beliveau was always the epitome of the boy whose only dream was to play for the Montreal Canadiens. Hockey is better because that dream was realized." ? NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

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"Mr. Beliveau will be remembered as a hockey giant who inspired a nation with his outstanding skill, humility and pure love of the game. His legacy lives on in the records he set, the legions of hockey players that he inspired, and the deep love he shared with his home province of Quebec." ? Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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"Jean Beliveau was a great leader, a gentleman and arguably the greatest ambassador our game has ever known." ??? Canadiens owner and president Geoff Molson.

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"Beyond being one of the greatest players in NHL history, Jean Beliveau was class personified He was a hero to generations of his fellow French Canadians and hockey fans everywhere. Our sport has lost a great ambassador. He will be missed." ??? Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.

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"With his great talent and class, Jean Beliveau not only became a hockey legend but also a model who will be remembered in Quebec and Canada forever." ??? Colorado Avalanche coach and former Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy.

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"He was graceful and powerful, both on and off the ice. He set new standards of excellence in how we play hockey and set compelling standards of civility in how we conduct ourselves with one another." ??? Gov. Gen. David Johnston.

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"He might have looked graceful and everything, but there was a lot of work and sweat that went into his game. He worked hard and he wanted you to work hard. He was someone you wanted to emulate because the moves he made around the net were beautiful to watch." ??? former Canadiens teammate Frank Mahovlich.

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"Every four years in Israel there are the Maccabi Games and he was the man who represented Canada in 1997. There were all kinds of big names, presidents, and everyone wanted to talk to and say hello to Mr. Beliveau. And it was all about Mr. Beliveau those two weeks we spent there." ??? former Canadiens coach Jacques Demers.

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"Jean Beliveau's arguably one of the best centreicemen to ever play the game, and he played it with such poise and with such grace and he was such an ambassador not only for the game of hockey and the Montreal Canadiens but I think for the province of Quebec and the French across the country." ??? Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean, who grew up watching Beliveau.

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"I'm honoured to be wearing No. 4 today, for sure." ??? Senators defenceman Chris Phillips.

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"Rest in peace Jean Beliveau. An idol!" ??? Toronto Blue Jays catcher and Montreal native Russell Martin, via Twitter.

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"Jean Beliveau was the classiest man. Returned every piece of fan mail with a handwritten letter." ??? Canadian women???s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser, via Twitter.

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"A true legend has passed away. Honoured to say I wore the same colours as the man." ??? Habs forward Brandon Prust, via Twitter.

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"I met Jean Beliveau when I was 10 years old. That's when I knew I wanted to play for the @CanadiensMTL - A Hero and Hockey's Captain." ??? Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, via Twitter.

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"Big Jean exuded everything that is the Montreal Canadiens. No one did it better than Mr. Beliveau." ????????? Former Canadiens tough guy Chris Nilan, via Twitter.

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