Ten fun facts about Maurice Richard


Fact 1
The “Rocket” was the most prolific goal-scorer of his era, the first to achieve the feat of 50 goals in 50 games.

Fact 2
He retired as the NHL's all-time leading scorer.

Fact 3
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.


Fact 4
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.


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Short about Maurice Richard
was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1942 to 1960.