MONTREAL – Jean Beliveau has fond memories of taking part in the various NHL All-Star game formats that spanned his Hall of Fame career with the Montreal Canadiens.
“I remember in ’64 playing with Gordie Howe on right and Bobby Hull on left,” Beliveau said. “I really enjoyed that.”
He was hardly alone.
Fresh from winning their third straight Stanley Cup in the spring, Toronto hosted the 1964 All-Star game with the Maple Leafs facing a team composed of all-stars from the five other teams of the day.
The legendary line led the All-Stars to a 3-2 win at Maple Leaf Gardens on Oct. 10, back when the showcase event preceded the opening of the regular season.
Beliveau and fellow Canadiens legends Guy Lafleur, Henri Richard, Dickie Moore, Yvan Cournoyer and Serge Savard were all on hand for Sunday’s 57th NHL All-Star game at the Bell Centre.
Beliveau, Richard and Moore were all members of the Canadiens team that won a record five straight Cups from 1956-60 and all three took part in their share of All-Star games on behalf of the defending Stanley Cup champions.
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