Hockey legend Beliveau to receive honorary doctorate
Legendary Montreal Canadiens player and Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau will receive an honorary doctorate from Toronto's Ryerson University.
The Quebec native captained the Canadiens for 10 of the 20 seasons he played in Montreal through the 1950s and 60s, won 10 Stanley Cups and was twice recognized as the league's most valuable player.
But Beliveau is not only recognized for his work on the ice.
A companion of the Order of Canada, he is a dedicated philanthropist, volunteer and community leader.
Once he retired as a player in 1971, Beliveau — known off the ice as "Gentleman Jean" — stayed with the Canadiens as an executive and ran the Jean Beliveau Fund for underprivileged kids set up by the team in his honour.
Beliveau has devoted his time in recent years to helping the less fortunate and has made thousands of appearances to promote charitable causes.
He has been offered a Senate seat twice, and in 1993, Beliveau was offered the position of governor general. He turned all offers down to spend more time with his family.
Beliveau is set to receive his honorary Ryerson degree on May 12.
Ryerson joins a long list of schools that have bestowed honourary degrees on the hockey legend, including the University of Ottawa, Acadia, McGill and St. Mary's.