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The Maurice Richard suspension in 1955 (led to the Richard Riot in Montreal) was clear malicious stick work and Richard punched a ref in the face following a skirmish with Hal Laycoe of the Boston Bruins at the Boston Garden. Many Quebecois believed that Richard was punished and suspended for the rest of the regular season and playoffs because of his French-Canadian heritage, stating President Campbell had it out for the Habs and wanted Anglo teams to succeed. At the time of his suspension, Richard was the highest fined player in league history and was known as a notoriously dirty player, so NHL officials commented that Richard had sufficient warnings in the past and a playoff suspension would be the only way to quell his dangerous and reckless play on the ice.

As a direct result, Richard did not get the most goals (Geoffrion surpassed him), the Canadiens did not win the regular season (Howe's Detroit Red Wings won because they won a forfeited game at the Montreal Forum when Campbell was attacked by fans) and the Canadiens did not win the Stanley Cup (Richard averaged about a point per game in the playoffs).

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