10 time Stanley Cup champion Jean Béliveau has been named an honourary captain of Canada's 2010 men's Olympic hockey team, Hockey Canada announced Monday.
Béliveau, a Hockey Hall of Famer and recent NHL Lifetime Achievement award winner scored 1,219 points in 1,125 games, all with the Montreal Canadiens.
Having left the game in 1971, he never played for Canada in international competition. He retired one season before the 1972 Summit Series, which was the first major international event involving NHL players.
Yet he is a great choice for the honourary designation, as he exudes class, sportsmanship and success. He is the perfect image of what Canadian hockey should be.