Jean Beliveau

PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Quinn, Beliveau pass away


In an eleven-day span, the hockey world mourned the loss of two iconic figures — legendary player, coach and executive Pat Quinn passed away on Nov. 23 at the age of 71 and, just over a week later, Montreal Canadiens icon Jean Beliveau died at the age of 83.

Beliveau spent parts of 20 seasons with the Canadiens winning 10 Stanley Cups. He added seven more Championship rings as a member of the club’s management team.

In total, Beliveau appeared in 1,125 games scoring 507 goals and 1,219 points while winning the Art Ross Trophy (1956), Conn Smythe (1965) and the Hart Trophy (1956 and 1964).

Beliveau retired following the 1970-71 season as the franchise leader in points, second in goals and the NHL’s all-time leading playoff scorer. He had his No. 4 raised to the rafters at the Montreal Forum on October 9, 1971.

Quinn broke into the NHL as a player during the 1968-69 season and appeared in 606 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames. One of his most memorable moments as a player came during the 1969 playoffs, when he ran over Bruins’ legend Bobby Orr.

Quinn was forced to retire in 1977 due to an ankle injury but wasted little time getting back into the game, joining the Philadelphia Flyers as an assistant coach that same year.

During his first full season as head coach of the Flyers, 1979-80, Quinn led the team to a Stanley Cup final appearance where they were defeated in six games by the New York Islanders. After a stop in L.A., Quinn took a coaching job with the Vancouver Canucks where he led the club to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 1994. Quinn’s coaching career also landed him behind the bench in Toronto and Edmonton.

Internationally, Quinn coached Team Canada to a gold medal victory at the 2002 Olympics and won the World Cup in 2004. He also coached Canada to gold medal victories at the U-18 World Championship in 2008 and the U-20 World Junior Championship in 2009.

Tributes for both men came pouring in shortly after they passed.

Several of the organizations Quinn was involved wore a ‘PQ’ decal on their helmets, and the Canucks paid tribute with an emotional pre-game ceremony on Nov. 25th.

Beliveau’s body lie in state at the Bell Centre in Montreal over the weekend of Dec. 6-7 prior to his funeral on Dec. 10. Before the Canadiens’ 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Dec. 9, the team honored their longest serving captain with an emotional ceremony of their own.

Thornton passes Beliveau as Sharks top Wild


Joe Thornton setup both San Jose goals Thursday night as the Sharks edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1.

With his pair of assists, Thornton passed the late Jean Beliveau on the NHL’s all-time points list.

Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski had the goals for the Sharks while Alex Stalock made 18 saves for the win.

Here’s Thornton’s historical point:

San Jose has now won six of seven.

Christian Folin had the lone Wild goal – his first career NHL marker.

Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves as the Wild lost for the second time in three games.

Video: Celebrating Jean Beliveau’s legacy


Hockey legend Jean Beliveau passed away Tuesday night leaving behind a rich legacy that extends beyond the dynasty he helped build in Montreal.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Ilya Kovalchuk’s family helps him play better

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Ilya Kovalchuk brought his family to New Jersey this season and it’s helped him play a lot better. (Fire & Ice)

Dwight King is the Kings’ surprise superstar of the playoffs. (Chicago Tribune)

Slava Voynov is turning out to be pretty good for L.A. especially in this series. (L.A. Kings Insider)

The Coyotes are hoping a finally full roster can help them turn the tide in Game 4. (

Dave Tippett isn’t talking so much about embellishment a day later. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Five different Flyers are headed for surgery in the offseason: Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen, James van Riemsdyk, and Matt Carle. (Flyers)

Habs GM Marc Bergevin isn’t telling anyone where his mind is at regarding a new coach. (Montreal Gazette)

True North’s director of communications Scott Brown “felt like the Grinch” just a year ago when word leaked Winnipeg was getting a team back. (Winnipeg Sun)

Former Oilers defenseman Jason Strudwick says the next Oilers coach should be a hard-liner. (Edmonton Sun)

Predators forward Craig Smith hopes the “rookie wall” won’t hit him again next season. (Tennessean)

Good news everyone, Jean Beliveau is feeling a lot better lately. (Montreal Gazette)

The Red Wings are loving the play of prospect Calle Jarnkrok at Worlds. (Detroit Free Press)

Jean Beliveau is out of the hospital

We’re pleased to inform you that Hall of Famer and Montreal Canadiens’ legend Jean Beliveau has been released from Montreal General Hospital. He is now in a rehabilitation center after suffering a stroke last month.

“His condition is improving, it’s good news,” spokesman Donald Beauchamp said.

Beliveau helped the Canadiens win 10 Stanley Cups over the course of his playing career. He had 507 goals and 712 assists in 1,125 games and ranks second only to Guy Lafleur for points in a Canadiens’ uniform.