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Rocket Richard

Updated on January 3, 2011

Rocket Richard

 Maurice Rocket Richard was the most prolific goal scorer and well known hockey player of his time.  He remains today one of the best known Montreal Canadians and greatest hockey player off all time.  The Rocket played 18 seasons all withthe Montreal Canadians, during his career he was on 8 Stanley Cup winning teams.  One of Richard's greatest achievments was scoring 50 goals in 50 games during the 1944-45 season.  He was the first person to ever achieve this, only a handful of players have ever done this.  Despite Richard's success as a goal scorer he has only won the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player Award) once in his career in 1947.  Rocket Richard was known for his goal scoring and his toughness, he never backed away from getting into a scrum with other players.  He can be compared to other players like Gordie Howe and Brendan Shanahan because of their toughness and scoring ability.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard statistics

                                                       GP G A PTS PIM Playoffs

1942–43 Montreal Canadiens NHL 16 5 6 11 4 — — — — —
01943–44 * 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
01945–46 * 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
01952–53 * 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 — — — — —
01955–56 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 38 33 71 89 10 5 9 14 24
01956–57 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 33 29 62 27 10 8 3 11 8
01957–58 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 15 19 34 28 10 11 4 15 10
01958–59 * Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 17 21 38 27 4 0 0 0 2
01959–60 * 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

500th Goal

Post Career

 Richard served as the head coach Quebec Nordiques during the 1972-1973 season for a very brief stint.  He wen on to serve as a goodwill ambassador to the Montreal Canadians in the 1990's, he was also recognized by the Hockey News as one of the top 100 NHL players of all time.  Rocket Richard passed away at the age of 78 in May of 2000.

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