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Old 08-02-2006, 12:01 PM   #157
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Kings with the 36th overall pick select Jean Beliveau-




Jean Arthur Béliveau, CC , CQ , D.h.c. (b. August 31, 1931 in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada) was a professional ice hockey player. He is a Canadian icon, and one of the most respected figures to have ever played the game.

A star at an early age, he won the Quebec Senior Hockey League scoring championship with the Quebec Aces in 1953 then joined the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Three years later, in 1956, Béliveau won both the Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the league's scoring champion and the Hart Memorial Trophy as its most valuable player. During his 18 year career in Montreal, he played on 10 Stanley Cup winning teams and was team captain for five of them. A powerful skater, he had a polished air of composed confidence that made him a natural leader both on and off the ice. Admired and respected by fans, teammates and his opponents, he was the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for his performance in the 1965 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Jean Béliveau retired at the end of the 1970-71 NHL season as his team's all-time leading scorer and the NHL's all-time leading playoff scorer. He scored 507 goals and had 712 assists for 1,219 points in 1,125 NHL regular-season games plus 70 goals and 97 assists for 176 points in 162 playoff games. His jersey number (#4) was retired on October 9, 1971. In 1972, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

# Played in 13 NHL All-Star Games
# NHL First All-Star Team (6)
# NHL Second All-Star Team (4)
# Art Ross Memorial Trophy (1956)
# Conn Smythe Trophy (1965)
# Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP) (1956, 1964)
#10 Stanley Cup rings

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