Do we need a Jean Béliveau Day?
Jean Béliveau was a great Quebecer, winning 17 Stanley Cups and donating his time and energy to various good causes.
But does he deserve a special day of his own? Greg Meakin thinks so.
The expat hockey fan wants August 31 declared 'Jean Béliveau Day' in Canada.
Béliveau was born 86 years ago today in Trois-Rivières. 'Le gros Bill' started playing shinny on a backyard rink, and spent 20 seasons playing with the Canadiens as Number 4. The legend died in early December 2014, and Montrealers braved a cold wintry day to witness his funeral at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. His wife, Elise, greeted thousands of mourners at the Bell Centre.
For another year in a row, Meakin has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for some recognition of Béliveau's contributions to the worlds of hockey and charity.
Béliveau was honoured on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001.
Meakin, who grew up in Dorval and now calls Seattle home, maintains that now, with all the tumult around the world, that Canadians could use a boost from an event like this. Do you agree?
Meakin spoke to Andrew Carter about his campaign. You can follow Meakin's campaign here.