Hundreds of fans, many clad in his famed No. 4 jersey, and a who's who of hockey stars and politicians paid an emotional farewell to Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau on a snowy Wednesday in Montreal.

The afternoon funeral for Beliveau, who died last week at 83, was held at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and featured affectionate eulogies from former Canadiens teammates Dickie Moore, Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard, and Ken Dryden, as well as Canadiens owner Geoff Molson.

Out of the hospital

Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard was released from the hospital after being treated for multiple facial fractures and a concussion that resulted from a crash into the boards. Ballard will be out indefinitely.

Ballard was hurt Tuesday when he tried to turn away from Matt Martin as the Islander charged toward him.             - AP