Saturday, January 23, 2010

Canadiens' legend Beliveau improving after stroke

MONTREAL — Hall of Fame National Hockey League player Jean Beliveau was on the mend in hospital Friday following a mild stroke, the Montreal Gazette reported.

Beliveau, who won 10 Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens, suffered a mild stroke Wednesday night.

The 78-year-old Beliveau was taken to Montreal General Hospital where he remained overnight Friday in the neurological wing.

"His condition continues to improve under the care of the MUHC physicians," the hospital said in a statement.

Beliveau is considered one of the greatest centres of all-time. He played 18 seasons with the Canadiens, scoring 507 goals and 712 assists in 1,125 games.

He captained the Canadiens for 10 seasons and won two Hart Trophies (league's most valuable player) and one Conn Smythe Trophy (MVP of playoffs).

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