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Encyclopedia > Maurice Richard
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Nickname(s) The Rocket
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Pro Clubs Montreal Canadiens
Nationality Flag of Canada Canada
Born August 4, 1921,
Montreal, QC, CA
Died May 27, 2000 (aged 78),
Montreal, QC, CA
Pro Career 1942 – 1960
Hall of Fame 1961

Joseph-Henri-Maurice "Rocket" Richard PC, CC, OQ (August 4, 1921May 27, 2000) was a professional ice hockey player who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. The "Rocket" was the most prolific goal-scorer of his era, achieving the fabled feat of 50 goals in 50 games. He lived most of his life in Ahuntsic, Montreal.[1] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 443 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (475 × 642 pixel, file size: 54 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to en. ... The position an ice hockey player plays can be divided into three basic categories: Forwards Centre Wingers Defenceman Goaltender ... Winger in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. ... 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Playing career

Maurice Richard was the first to score 50 goals in one season (the 1944-45 NHL season), doing so in 50 games, and the first to score 500 goals in a career. He finished his career with 544 goals in the regular season, with 82 in the playoffs which included a record six overtime winners (only matched by Joe Sakic), and led the league in goals five times. He also amassed 421 assists for a total of 965 points in 978 games. 50 goals in 50 games continues to be a marker of scoring excellence to this day, and few players have surpassed that mark. The 1944-45 season was the 28th NHL season. ... Joseph Steve Sakic (born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a professional ice hockey center who has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. ... Mike Bossy, left, equalled the Rockets scoring mark. ...


Richard played on eight Stanley Cup teams in Montreal, was captain of 5 straight from 1956-60, won the Hart Trophy in 1947, and was elected eight times to the first all-star team and six times to the second all-star team, and played in every National Hockey League All-Star Game from 1947 to 1959. Teamed with Elmer Lach as centre and Hector 'Toe' Blake playing left-wing, they formed the "Punch Line". The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The National Hockey League All-Star Game (French: Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey) is an exhibition hockey game that marks the midway point of the National Hockey Leagues regular season, with many of the leagues star players playing against each other. ... The 1946-47 NHL season was the 30th season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1958-59 NHL season was the 42nd season of the National Hockey League. ... Elmer Lach January 22, 1918 in Nokomis, Saskatchewan was a Canadian professional ice hockey goalie who played for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League. ... Centre in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is down the centre of the area. ... Hector Toe Blake (August 21, 1912 - May 17, 1995) was a Canadian ice hockey player and coach in the National Hockey League. ... Winger in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. ...


Maurice originally played wearing the jersey number "15" but changed it to "9" in honour of his first child — Huguette — who weighed nine pounds at birth. His number has been retired by the Montreal Canadiens.


Richard was the quintessential Québécois hero. He pulled off a five-goal game after a day spent moving to a house — including the piano — in 1944, and scored the series-winning goal of the 1952 Stanley Cup semifinals as blood dripped down his face from an earlier injury. Richard's role as a Québécois icon was epitomized in the short story Le chandail de hockey ("The Hockey Sweater") by Roch Carrier and in the motion picture Maurice Richard ("The Rocket") by Charles Binamé. Look up Québécois in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1951-52 season was the 35th National Hockey League (NHL) season. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... Book cover The Hockey Sweater (Le chandail de hockey in the original French) is a short story published in 1979 by Quebec author Roch Carrier. ... Roch Carrier (born May 13, 1937) is a celebrated French-Canadian novelist and author of contes (a very brief form of the short story). ... Maurice Richard (The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story in English) is the French version of a feature film, starring Roy Dupuis in the title role and directed by Charles Binamé. Filmed in Québec for a budget of $8,000,000 Canadian by Alliance Atlantis and Odeon and first released... Charles Binamé (born 1949 in Herve, Belgium) is a Quebec director. ...


Richard was turned down a total of three times by the military, twice for combat and once as a machinist. The first time was in 1939 at the beginning of World War II when he was 18 and the second time the following year. X-rays showed that his ankle and femur as well as his wrists had broken and had not healed properly during Junior hockey and he was therefore unfit for military action. A machinist is a craftsman who uses machine tools to make parts or alter parts by cutting away excess material. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Junior hockey is a catch-all term used to describe various levels of ice hockey competition for players generally between the ages of 16 and 20 years old1. ...


In 1940, Richard inquired about a position as a machinist in the military, but was again refused citing his lack of a high school diploma or technical trade certificate. Richard tried to explain that he had dropped out of school to help his family and had been working as a machinist at a local factory since he was 16. They still refused, and he was told he needed a machinist certificate. Upon hearing this he decided to train as a machinist at the Montreal Technical School the following year and therefore fulfill his desire to help in the war effort.


The war was over before Richard received his certificate, which took four years. He was disappointed that the Canadian military had not given him the opportunity to participate in some capacity.


Although Richard was often perceived as a pre-Quiet Revolution hero excelling in an Anglophone world, he always insisted that he was an apolitical man playing hockey for the love of the sport. The Quiet Revolution (French: Révolution tranquille) was the 1960s period of rapid change in Quebec, Canada. ...


Richard's career began and ended before the beginning of huge salaries. The largest yearly salary he ever made was $25,000. His jersey # 9 was retired on October 6, 1960 by the Canadiens, less than a month after he announced his retirement. His brother Henri "The Pocket Rocket" Richard joined him with the Canadiens in 1955 and would go on to win 11 Stanley Cups with the team, an NHL record. October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Joseph Henri Richard (born February 29, 1936 in Montreal, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player who played centre with the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1955 to 1975. ... The 1955-56 NHL season was the 39th season of the National Hockey League. ...


He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961, the customary three-year waiting period being waived in his honour. Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ...


The Richard Riot

Main article: Richard Riot

On March 13, 1955, Richard was given a match penalty for deliberately injuring Hal Laycoe, in a game against the Boston Bruins. He struck an official unconscious in the melee, and as that was his second attack on an official that season alone, a hearing was held in which Richard was suspended for the balance of that season and the playoffs. Public outrage from Montreal soon poured in. Mostly as Richard's actions were seen as a retribution for Laycoe's bludgeoning Richard with his stick, and the official's grabbing of Richard which left him open to Laycoe's further attacks. NHL President Clarence Campbell did not budge, and announced that he would be attending the Canadiens' next home game against the Detroit Red Wings in four days. The Richard Riot was a riot that had occurred on 17 March 1955 in Montreal, Quebec. ... March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1954-55 season was the 38th National Hockey League (NHL) season. ... A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behaviour. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Clarence Campbell poses with the Stanley Cup in 1957. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ...


It is a highly held belief in Quebec's history that the attack on Maurice were sanctioned due to his status as a French Canadian. And that the suspension was a way slap down a French-Canadian player who was considered to be the best player of his time by many.


Midway into the first period, Campbell arrived with his fiancee. Outraged Canadiens fans immediately began pelting them with eggs, vegetables, and various debris, with more being thrown at him each time the Red Wings scored as they built up a 4-1 lead. The continuous pelting of various objects stopped when a tear gas bomb was set off inside the Forum not far from where Campbell was sitting. The Forum was ordered evacuated and Campbell ruled the game forfeited to the Red Wings. That was the last straw, as a riot ensued outside the Forum, causing $500,000 in damage to the neighbourhood and the Forum itself. Hundreds of stores were looted and vandalized within a 15-block radius of the Forum. Twelve policemen and 25 civilians were injured. The riot continued well into the night, with police arresting people by the truckload. Local radio stations, which carried live coverage of the riot for over seven hours, had to be forced off the air. The riot was eventually over at 3 am, and left Montreal's Rue Ste-Catherine a mess.


Richard's suspension also cost him the Art Ross Trophy, the closest he ever came to winning it. When Richard's teammate Bernie Geoffrion passed him on the last day of the regular season, he was booed by the Montreal faithful. Geoffrion, a right wing, was struggling to gain recognition of his considerable talents because Gordie Howe of Detroit, Andy Bathgate of the New York Rangers, and, of course, the Rocket, were the outstanding right wings of the Original Six, the 1950s' NHL. The Art Ross Trophy on display at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ... Finlay Landon Drake (November 11, 1931 – March 11, 2006), nicknamed The Minute Man, was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... Andy Bathgate Andrew James Bathgate, (Born - August 28, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a retired Canadian Professional Hockey Centerman who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred to... The Original Six is the term used by fans of ice hockey to refer to the six teams that made up the National Hockey League from the 1942-43 season to the leagues expansion of 1967. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Canadiens would lose the Cup final to Detroit in seven games, but would win the Cup in the year after, which came, fittingly, over the Wings — and the four years after that. Richard retired in 1960 after the Canadiens' fifth straight Stanley Cup, a record that still stands.


Honours

The monument to Richard outside Jaques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec
The monument to Richard outside Jaques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec

In 1999, the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club to the NHL to be awarded annually to the goal-scoring leader during the regular season. Richard himself had led the league in goals five times. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (753x1015, 128 KB) Summary Statue of Maurice Richard, taken by SimonP Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (753x1015, 128 KB) Summary Statue of Maurice Richard, taken by SimonP Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Motto: Ursus super montem ivit Area: 342. ... See also: 1998 in sports, other events of 1999, 2000 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics Hicham El Guerrouj sets the new World Record in the mile at the World Championships in Rome. ... Maurice Richard Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Rocket poses with the Trophy named after him The Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy is awarded annually to the leading goal scorer in the National Hockey League. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


In 1996 at the closing of the Montreal Forum, a tearful "Rocket" received the longest standing ovation in the city's history. Over 16 minutes of adulation poured over him, chanting his nickname over and over again. Richard, always the reluctant hero, looked around in surprise for the first few minutes. When he realized the crowd was not letting up and their love for him real, he gave in to his popularity, and broke down in tears all the while waving and mouthing "thank you". He rarely showed this side of himself, as he always tried to remain humble. The last few minutes of adulation saw Richard closing his eyes, while the crowd chanted "GO HABS GO!" over and over again. Richard later stated that when he closed his eyes and heard the crowd, it brought him back to his younger days. He thought it was a very loving gesture by the fans. The Montreal Forum was an indoor arena located in Montreal, Canada. ...


Richard believed there was only one thing that separated him from the rest: desire. He explained in 1986, after the Canadiens won the Cup for the 23rd time:

"I simply had the same kind of determination back from the time I was a boy of 7 or 8. I just wanted to win all the time, I had no goal other than to score goals. That was all I ever had on my mind."

[2]


Although Richard had a falling-out with the Canadiens not long after he retired in 1960, he eventually patched things up and returned to them, serving the club as an unofficial goodwill ambassador from 1991 — highlighted by the Habs' most recent (to date) Cup in 1993 — until he died. Despite being long retired by the time of his death in 2000, an estimated 115,000 people of all ages paid their respects while his body lay in state at Montreal's Molson Centre. The Montreal Expos Major League baseball team wore Richard's number 9, in black, on their right-sleeves for the duration of the 2000 season. Flags were lowered to half mast as Quebec's National Assembly was suspended for the day. He was given a state funeral that was broadcast live across Canada, the first time such an honour was accorded an athlete. Among those who attended were Howe and Jean Béliveau, various politicians (including Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien, Premier of Quebec Lucien Bouchard and Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson), and current Canadiens team captain Saku Koivu. He was buried in the Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges in Montreal. The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (in unity, prosperity) Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... Centre Bell, Montreal Centre Bell, Montreal The Bell Centre (French: Centre Bell), formerly known as the Molson Centre, has been the home of the Montreal Canadiens since March 16, 1996, when the team departed from the historic Montreal Forum after their last game on March 11 of the same year. ... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 until 2004. ... Jean Arthur Béliveau, CC , CQ , D.h. ... Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien, usually known as Jean Chrétien, PC, QC, BA, BCL, LLD (h. ... Lucien Bouchard, PC , B.Sc , LL.B (born December 22, 1938 in Saint-Coeur-de-Marie, Quebec, Canada) is a Quebec lawyer, diplomat and politician. ... Adrienne Louise Clarkson (née Poy) (Chinese: ; pinyin: , Hakka: Ńg Pên-kî, Cantonese: Ng5 Bing1 zi1), PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD, LL.D (born February 10, 1939) is an accomplished Canadian journalist. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Saku Antero Koivu (born November 23, 1974 in Turku, Finland) is a professional ice hockey player, and plays centre for the Montreal Canadiens as the current team captain. ... Front entrance, Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Founded in 1854, Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is a 343-acre (1. ...


A junior hockey team was also named after him, the Rocket de Montreal, playing out of the Maurice Richard Arena (in this team moved to Prince Edward Island and is now the P.E.I. Rocket). On June 27, 2001, the Canadian government unveiled a monument in Jacques-Cartier Park, in Hull, Quebec honouring Maurice Richard. He has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. The Montreal Rocket were a major junior hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for four seasons from 1999 to 2003, based out of Montreal, Quebec. ... Aréna Maurice Richard (English: Maurice Richard Arena) is a 4,750-seat multi-purpose arena in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Motto: i lost P.E.I. again mom:well, look under the couch Capital Charlottetown Largest city Charlottetown Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Barbara Oliver Hagerman - Premier Pat Binns (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 4 - Senate seats 4 Confederation July 1, 1873 (7th) Area Ranked 13th... The P.E.I. Rocket are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hull, Québec, as seen from Ottawa Hull is part of the city of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. ... Canadas Walk of Fame acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians. ...


In 1967 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (one of the first distributions of the Order) and was promoted to Companion in 1998. Seal of the Order of Canada The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means (those) desiring a better country (Hebrews 11. ...


In 1992, he was made a member of the Privy Council of Canada. This allowed him for the rest of his life to be known as The Honourable or L'Honorable Maurice Richard. His appointment, and those of 20 others that year by Brian Mulroney, remains somewhat controversial as traditionally being made a Privy Councillor is reserved for members of the cabinet, the Chief Justice of Canada, and certain others who need to access classified documents. The Privy Council Office as it appeared in the 1880s The Queens Privy Council for Canada (French: Conseil privé de la Reine pour le Canada) is the council of advisers to the Queen of Canada, whose members are appointed by the Governor General of Canada for life on the... Martin Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, GOQ, LLD (born March 20, 1939), was the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993 and was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 to 1993. ...


Richard was married to Lucille Norchet from September 17, 1942 until her death on July 18, 1994. They had seven children. September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


Depiction in popular media

  • Richard's hockey career, and in particular the folk legend of his NHL game played after having moved, was featured in Heritage Minutes (1997). Richard was played by Roy Dupuis.
  • Richard's life story was featured in a two-part, two-hour French-Canadian miniseries televised as part of the program Les Beaux Dimanches: Histoire d'un Canadien (Beautiful Sundays: Maurice Rocket Richard Story [Canada: English title]), in 1999, starring Roy Dupuis as Richard.
  • The French version of a feature film, Maurice Richard was released in November 2005; the English-subtitled version entitled The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story was released in April 2006. The film again stars Roy Dupuis in the title role and is directed by Charles Binamé.
  • Maurice Richard was also at the heart of the popular heritage story "The Hockey Sweater." This book was originally written in French by native Quebecker and acclaimed author Roch Carrier.
  • The Jane Siberry song "Hockey" contains the line "They rioted in the streets of Montreal/When they benched Rocket Richard".
  • Was referenced in the Warren Zevon song "Hit Somebody": "His dad took the hose and froze the back yard/And little buddy dreamed he was Rocket Richard"
  • In the late 1980s, Maurice Richard starred in a commercial for a product that restored one's natural hair color. In the commercial, he mentions that he leaves a touch of grey, because his wife likes it. At that point a ref calls out, "Hey Rocket, two minutes for looking so good!" a line that has since become famous and is referenced in a song by the Canadian punk band Belvedere.
  • The local media first nicknamed him The Comet. During an intra-squad practice, Ray Getliffe was so impressed by him comparing him to a rocket.[3]

Heritage Minutes are sixty-second short films each illustrating an important moment in Canadian history. ... Roy Dupuis (April 21, 1963) is a French-Canadian (Québécois) actor. ... French Canadian is a term that has several different connotations. ... Roy Dupuis (April 21, 1963) is a French-Canadian (Québécois) actor. ... Maurice Richard (The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story in English) is the French version of a feature film, starring Roy Dupuis in the title role and directed by Charles Binamé. Filmed in Québec for a budget of $8,000,000 Canadian by Alliance Atlantis and Odeon and first released... “The Babe Ruth of Hockey” The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story (Maurice Richard in French) is the English-subtitled version of a feature film, starring Roy Dupuis in the title role and directed by Charles Binamé. Filmed in Québec for a budget of $8,000,000 Canadian by Alliance... Roy Dupuis (April 21, 1963) is a French-Canadian (Québécois) actor. ... Charles Binamé (born 1949 in Herve, Belgium) is a Quebec director. ... Book cover The Hockey Sweater (Le chandail de hockey in the original French) is a short story published in 1979 by Quebec author Roch Carrier. ... Roch Carrier (born May 13, 1937) is a celebrated French-Canadian novelist and author of contes (a very brief form of the short story). ... Jane Siberry (born October 12, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. ... Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock and roll musician and songwriter. ... Belvedere is a Canadian punk rock band formed in 1995. ... Ray Getliffe - (Born - April 3, 1914 in Galt, Ontario) was a Canadian Professional Hockey Left Winger who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. ...

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1942-43 Montreal Canadiens NHL 16 5 6 11 4 -- -- -- -- --
1943-44 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 32 22 54 45 9 12 5 17 10
1944-45 Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 50 23 73 46 6 6 2 8 10
1945-46 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 27 21 48 50 9 7 4 11 15
1946-47 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 45 26 71 69 10 6 5 11 44
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 28 25 53 89 -- -- -- -- --
1948-49 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 20 18 38 110 7 2 1 3 14
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 43 22 65 114 5 1 1 2 6
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 42 24 66 97 11 9 4 13 13
1951-52 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 27 17 44 44 11 4 2 6 6
1952-53 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 28 33 61 112 12 7 1 8 2
1953-54 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 37 30 67 112 11 3 0 3 22
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 38 36 74 125 -- -- -- -- --
1955-56 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 38 33 71 89 10 5 9 14 24
1956-57 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 33 29 62 74 10 8 3 11 8
1957-58 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 15 19 34 28 10 11 4 15 10
1958-59 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 17 21 38 27 4 0 0 0 2
1959-60 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 19 16 35 50 8 1 3 4 2
NHL Totals 978 544 421 965 1285 133 82 44 126 188

* indicates a Stanley Cup-winning season The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... “NHL” redirects here. ...


External links

  • Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
  • Radio-Canada Archives - Maurice Richard: Le Rocket, héros d'un peuple (French)
  • CBC Digital Archives - The Legendary #9: Maurice 'Rocket' Richard (English)
  • History by the Minute: Historica Minutes (Heritage Minutes): Maurice "Rocket" Richard
  • Order of Canada Citation: Maurice Richard
Preceded by
Emile Bouchard
Montreal Canadiens Captains
1956 — 1960
Succeeded by
Doug Harvey
Preceded by
Max Bentley
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1947
Succeeded by
Buddy O'Connor
Preceded by
Marlene Streit
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
1957
Succeeded by
Lucille Wheeler

Emile Bouchard (b. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1956-57 season was the 40th National Hockey League (NHL) season. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1959-60 NHL season was the 43rd season of the National Hockey League. ... For the article on the baseball umpire, see: Doug Harvey (umpire) Douglas Norman Harvey (December 19, 1924 - December 26, 1989) was a star player in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Max Bentley (b. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The 1946-47 NHL season was the 30th season of the National Hockey League. ... Buddy OConnor (June 21, 1916 in Montreal, Quebec - August 24, 1977) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers in the National Hockey League. ... Marlene Stewart Streit (born March 9, 1934, Cereal, Alberta) is one of the most successful Canadian amateur female golfers and the only golfer to have won the Australian, British, Canadian and United States womens’ amateur championships. ... The Lou Marsh Trophy is awarded annually by a panel of journalists in recognition of Canadas top athlete. ... See also: 1956 in sports, other events of 1957, 1958 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker Indianapolis 500 - Sam Hanks USAC Racing - Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of Le Mans... Lucille Wheeler, born January 14, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is a former Alpine skiing world champion. ...

References

Ramos, H., & Gosine, K. (2001). “The Rocket”: Newspaper coverage of the death of a Quebec cultural icon, a Canadian hockey player. Journal of Canadian Studies, 36(4), 9-31; 2002, JCS, 37(1), p. 250 (published erratum).

  1. ^ Legends of Hockey
  2. ^ McDonell, Chris. (2005). Hockey's Greatest Stars: Legends and Young Lions. Firefly Books, 88. ISBN. 
  3. ^ Rocket Richard

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Maurice Richard Biography, pictures and stats - Hockey Fans (299 words)
Maurice "The Rocket" Richard was born on Auguest 4, 1921 in Verdun, Quebec, Canada.
Maurice Richard scored his 500th career goal in 1957 and would eventually retire after the 1959-60 season as injuries caught up to him.
Richard was one of the most prolific scorer in the six-team NHL, including scoring 82 post season goals and have 26 games with three or more goals scored.
Maurice Richard (274 words)
Maurice Richard is one of the Best Montreal Canadien Players of all time, and one of the best NHL Players of all time.
Joseph-Henri-Maurice Richard was born August 4th in 1921.
Maurice has achieved so much in career and out side his career in the NHL.
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