Montreal: Canadian ice hockey legend Jean Beliveau died at his Quebec home on Tuesday at the age of 83 following a long illness, his former club the Montreal Canadiens have announced.
The Quebec native from Trois-Rivieres played 20 seasons with the Canadiens between 1950 and 1971, winning 10 Stanley Cups and being nominated to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
Only his former teammate Henri Richard has won more Stanley Cups, as a player, in the history of the game with 11.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Beliveau who played at centre and wore number four, also won trophies as the NHL`s top scorer, most valuable player and most valuable player in the playoffs.
He played in 14 all-star games and was given an NHL Lifetime Achievement award in 2009 after scoring more than 500 career goals and also winning seven additional Stanley Cups as a team executive.
In 1998, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country`s highest civilian award.