The 80-year-old Hall of Famer was stricken Monday night and is “undergoing active investigation and treatments” in Montreal, the Canadiens said Tuesday. Team spokesman Donald Beauchamp said the family requested privacy.
“Mr. Beliveau is a great Canadian and a remarkable ambassador for our national sport,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. “We wish him a speedy recovery.”
He had short stints with the Canadiens for two consecutive years before joining the team for good for the 1953-54 season. He retired in 1971, capping his career with an unexpected Stanley Cup.