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Jean Beliveau is hockey's ultimate pen pal

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Everyone who ever met him said Jean Beliveau was a prince of hockey. He was beloved by the fans for decades, and this article will tell you why.

He expresses a lot of gratitude.

The mail keeps coming today, even 35 years after hockey's grandest ambassador played his final NHL game. It arrives at the Bell Centre from maybe a dozen countries, and unfailingly, it is pulled from the satchel of Beliveau's Longueuil mailman, who must have the best job security at Canada Post.

On Monday, Beliveau finished replying to the scores of well-wishers who had sent him cards on the occasion of his Aug. 31 birthday, his 75th.

It took him 19 days to answer them all.

"I've always thought, if somebody takes the time to get in touch, to try to reach me with a card, then I should at least thank them, acknowledge that I received their good wishes," Beliveau said.

"Many of the people who sent me cards have been doing so for 20, 25 years, maybe more. I see those right away on the envelopes: here's one from Renfrew, Ont., another from Detroit, one from Cape Cod."

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