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Canadiens honour Jean Béliveau in emotional pre-game ceremony

12/09/2014 08:34 EST | Updated 02/08/2015 05:59 EST
The Montreal Canadiens are renowned for putting on some of the most memorable pre-game ceremonies in all of sports, but Tuesday night’s tribute to the late Jean Béliveau, who died last week at the age of 83, was taken to an even higher level prior the game between the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.

With the lights dimmed the ceremony began as Béliveau's famous No. 4 flashed on the two Canadiens’ logos at centre ice. It followed with the inscription Jean Béliveau 1931-2014.

The sold out crowd was then treated to a photo montage on the Bell Centre ice that featured a chronology of the career of the former captain and 10-time Stanley Cup-winning forward.

Players from both teams then skated to their respective blue- lines where a video tribute of the Le Gros Bill played to the song ceux qui s'en vont (those who are leaving) by French Canadian singer Ginette Reno.

Béliveau's No. 4 jersey completely covered the back of his seat behind the Canadiens’ bench where it will remain for the rest of the season.

Sitting next to that chair was Béliveau’s wife, Élise, who was overcome with emotion at several points — none more so then when fans and players cheered after the long moment of silence.

The scoreboard screen was focused throughout the ovation on Élise, standing at her seat beside her daughter Helene and granddaughters Magalie and Mylene.

Élise then thanked the crowd by waving her arms in the air several times.

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