The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Maurice Richard



Colour photo of Maurice Richard wearing a Montreal Canadiens uniform

Colour photo of Maurice Richard wearing a Montreal Canadiens uniform

circa 1957
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

1957: The Rocket Sets a New Milestone

October 19, 1957, Montreal Forum. Over 14,000 fans are on the edge of their seats. Maurice "Rocket" Richard brings 499 career goals to a Saturday night home game with his beloved Canadiens against the Chicago Blackhawks. No one has ever surpassed the 500 mark. When Chicago's Ian Cushenan receives a penalty, Canadiens Coach Toe Blake puts out the fearsome power play of Jean Beliveau at centre, the Rocket on right wing, Dickie Moore on left wing, "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion and Doug Harvey on the points. The crowd is now in a frenzy. The power play rushes down the ice several times and can't get anything going. They start another rush, this time Dickie Moore carries it in. He connects with Jean Beliveau who is out front to the left of goalie Glenn Hall. Beliveau sees the Rocket about 20 feet in front of the net and passes; in one fluid move the Rocket slaps it passed Hall; the Forum erupts into an explosive ovation: goal number 500!

It's vintage "Rocket" who always seems to rise to the occasion and give fans what they came to see. The Rocket plays every shift with fierce intensity and he's been dazzling hockey fans from a Montreal Canadiens uniform since 1942 as the greatest goal scorer the game has ever seen. He's a superstar player who already has 70 career playoff goals. He scored four goals in one game of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins on route to his 5th Cup with the Canadiens. Yes, you can always count on the Rocket to score the important goals when he has to; including his 500th!

Today the 500 goal mark is one of hockey's most coveted milestones thanks to Maurice Richard. And to a scorer it's The Holy Grail.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard: one of a kind!

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1942 - 1960
Won eight Stanley Cups: Montreal Canadiens
1944 - 1945
Scored 50 goals in 50 games with Montreal Canadiens
1955 - 1960
Captain, Montreal Canadiens
Lou Marsh Memorial Award
Retired all-time scoring leader with 544 goals