Canadiens honor Jean Beliveau with touching pregame tribute

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The Montreal Canadiens honored legendary center Jean Beliveau, who passed away last week, ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

The ceremony itself was gorgeous, simple and incredibly moving:

The ceremony included this tough, emotional moment as Beliveau's wife, Elise, reacts to seeing her husband honored:

During the game the team left the spotlight on Beliveau's seat:

Pitch perfect:

The Canadiens even listed their attendance at 21,286 on Tuesday night according to Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, which is one short of a sellout. The empty seat was obviously Beliveau's. 

So the club purposely ended a sellout streak that was approaching 400 games, according to Sportsnet's Ticker. They did so in order to mark the occasion on Tuesday night. Tradition, class and pageantry is all about the small details.

Rest in peace, No. 4.

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