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All-Star Game welcomes Habs legends

MONTREAL -- Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur, Dickie Moore, Serge Savard, Henri Richard and Yvan Cournoyer were among the Canadiens legends who made appearances Sunday at the NHL All-Star Game. They're still hanging around Montreal and being treated like royalty.

Beliveau remains one of the most beloved sports figures in Montreal history and was chosen along with Bob Gainey to drop the ceremonial first puck. Here's a little tidbit about him: He played in his first all-star game hours after signing his first contract. Back then, the defending Stanley Cup champions played against an all-star team from the other five teams.  

Moore told a story about sneaking into the old Forum when he was 12 years old and hiding in the duct work for two hours because he didn't want to pay for tickets. The Forum has since been converted into an entertainment center and movie complex. It's depressing.

Vincent Lecavalier had the loudest ovation during introductions. Not surprising. He's from Montreal, and rumors have been rampant that the Tampa Bay Lightning could trade him here. Fans are convinced he would put them over the top for their 25th Stanley Cup.

---Bucky Gleason 

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