Ten fun facts about Maurice Richard
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The “Rocket” was the most prolific goal-scorer of his era, the first to achieve the feat of 50 goals in 50 games.
He retired as the NHL's all-time leading scorer.
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.
Richard won the Stanley Cup eight times in Montreal, was captain for four of the five straight cup wins from 1955-56 to 1959-60, won the Hart Trophy in 1947, 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.Fact 5
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961, the customary three-year waiting period being waived in his honor.Fact 6
Teamed with Elmer Lach as center and Hector ‘Toe’ Blake playing left-wing, they formed the “Punch Line”.Fact 7
Richard was an outstanding scorer. While he had a good fore-hand and back-hand shot, he was not considered to have the greatest shot or accuracy. Richard made up for it in desire and other skills to become the outstanding goal-scorer of his time.Fact 8
Richard's career began and ended before the beginning of huge salaries. The largest yearly salary he ever made was $25,000 in 1952 ($211 thousand in 2013 dollars).Fact 9
The Jane Siberry song “Hockey” contains the line "They rioted in the streets of Montreal/When they benched Rocket Richard".Fact 10
The local media first nicknamed him The Comet. During an intra-squad practice, Ray Getliffe was so impressed by him, he compared him to a rocket. Click here for more people facts ❯
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