"The Rocket" Richard was born on Auguest 4, 1921 in
Verdun, Quebec, Canada.
came through the Montreal Canadiens system and broke into the
NHL in the 1942-43 season. Injuries plagued "The Rocket"
throughout his career, including his rookie year when a broken
ankle limited him to only 16 games. The thought of quitting came
to his mind, but Richard persevered and made a recovery and returned
to hockey in the NHL. In 1944-45 Richard scored 50 goals in 50
games establishing a single season record for goals scored.
record wouldn't be broken until Bobby Hull would score 54 goals,
though in a much longer, 70 game season. Wayne Gretzky would eventually
break the record for fastest to reach 50 goals by accomplishing
the feat in just 39 games.
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.
made fourteen All-Star appearances and added eight Stanley Cup
Championships, including one in his final season. Richard spent
his entire career with the Montreal Canadeins and his 544 career
goals to date remain the highest in Montreal Canadiens history.
The Rocket was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961 and
as of the 1998-99 season, the National Hockey League has started
awarding the "Maurice Richard Trophy" for the regular
season league leader in goal scoring.