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Report: Canadiens great Jean Beliveau suffers stroke

CTV News Montreal

1/21/2010 5:02:24 PM

CTV News in Montreal reports that hockey great Jean Beliveau has suffered a stroke. CTV News has learned the Montreal Canadiens legend suffered the stroke Wednesday night and was transported to the Montreal General Hospital.

He is now in the neurological department and no further details on his condition are available. However, a source tells CTV News that his life is not in danger.

Canadiens spokesman Donald Beauchamp confirmed Beliveau, 78, is in hospital but did not say when he was admitted and why. 

A 10-time Stanley Cup champion, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and member of the Order of Canada, Beliveau was named an honourary Team Canada member and honourary captain of Canada's 2010 Men's Olympic Hockey Team last year.

Beliveau spent his entire 20-year NHL career as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, recording 1,219 points in 1,125 games. He retired as a player following the 1970-71 season and was a valued member of the team's front office until his retirement in 1993.