Maurice Richard Biography

Joseph Henri Maurice "Rocket" Richard, PC CC OQ was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens. He was the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season, accomplishing the feat in 50 games in 1944–45, and the first to reach 500 career goals. Richard retired in 1960 as the league's all-time leader in goals with 544. He won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 1947, played in 13 All-Star Games and was named to 14 post-season NHL All-Star Teams.

Richard, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake formed the "Punch line", a high-scoring forward line of the 1940s. He was a member of eight Stanley Cup championship teams, including five straight between 1956 and 1960; he was team captain for the last four. The Hockey Hall of Fame waived its five-year waiting period for eligibility and inducted Richard into the hall in 1961. In 1975 he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. The Canadiens retired his number 9 and donated the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy to the NHL in 1998, awarded to the league's leading goal scorer. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Maurice Richard
Full Name:
Joseph Henri Maurice Richard
Nationality:
Canada
Profession:
Ice hockey player
Ethnicity:
French Canadian, French-speaking Quebecer
Date of Birth:
August 4, 1921
Astrological Sign:
Date of Death:
May 27, 2000
Age at Death:
78
Marriages
Maurice Richard Timeline
  • 1947-04-19
    After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.
  • 1955-03-17
    After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.
  • 1960-09-15
    Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.
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