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Maurice "The Rocket" Richard

-Eight time Stanley Cup Champion (1944, '46, '53, '56, '57, '58, '59 & '60) fourth most of any player.
-Four time Captain of the Stanley Cup Champions (1957, '58, '59 & '60) second most of any player.
-Eight time First Team All-Star (1945, '46, '47, '48, '49, '50, '55 & '56) second most for any right winger.
-Six time Second Team All-Star (1944, '51, '52, '53, '54 & '57) second most for any right winger.
-Five time NHL Goal Scoring Leader (1945, '47, '50, '54 & '55) third most of any player.
-Thirteen times Top 6 in NHL goal scoring (1st: 1945, '47, '50, '54 & '55; 2nd: 1951, '56 & '57; 3rd: 1948; 4th: 1946 & '53; 5th: 1952; 6th: 1944)
-Eleven times Top 7 in NHL points (2nd: 1945; '47, '51, '54 & '55; 3rd: 1953, '56; 4th: 1950; 5th: 1946; 6th: 1957; 7th: 1948)
-Hart Memorial Trophy winner in 1947
-Five time NHL Playoff Goal Scoring Leader (1944, '46, '47, '51 & '58)

About Maurice Richard
Rocket Richard did everything by instinct and brute strength. He would run, not glide, down the ice and cut fearlessly to the slot. Some describe him as the greatest opportunist the game has ever known. He was probably the greatest goal scorer from the blue line in.
Winning at all costs best sums up Richard's approach to hockey.

In a playoff game, the Bruins Leo Labine knocked Richard unconscious and doctors said he was done for the series. Richard refused to be hospitalized and returned to the game as the teams battled. Rocket Richard scored the game winning goal.
Maurice Richard always maintained that he was nothing more than a hockey player. Few others share that opinion of the man who represents the heart and soul of the Montreal Canadiens’ long and illustrious history. For 18 brilliant seasons, Richard proudly wore the colors of the only team that ever mattered to him, taking on all opponents and rewriting the NHL record book along the way.

Richard had one job to do and he did it better than any man alive; he scored goals. He was unstoppable from the blue line in and, with eyes blazing, he single-mindedly attacked nets around the league, filling them with rubber night after night.
Opponents assigned to shadow Richard found that they had a choice to make if they wanted to counter the game’s greatest offensive force. They could keep their efforts within the rules and get burned most of the time, or they could use prohibited tactics to try to slow down the superstar. Neither approach yielded the desired results on a regular basis.

Richard didn’t go out of his way to look for trouble and rarely took issue with men who played a tough but clean checking game. Those who chose more brutal tactics soon found out that Richard was willing to retaliate in kind, more than able to handle himself in the heavy going.
The second, recurring image is that of a man, Richard, whom nothing could stop once he skated into the opposing team;s zone. Between the blue line and the adversary's goal, he was the most determined, the strongest, more powerful, no more stoppable than Niagara Falls, according to one of his most detested opponents, Ted Lindsay, in an interview for the Hockey News in 2000. In the language of the man on the street, it was expressed as follows: Maurice Richard could score sitting, standing, lying down or kneeling, with a player or two on his back.

Originally Posted by Jim Coleman: Top 10 Hockey Players of All-Time, 1979
The most thrilling performer of his particular era and he could be described as the latter-day Morenz. No one ever matched his ferocious assaults on the opposition net or his ability to score goals while being hogtied by desperate defencemen. His defensive ability has been unjustly ignore by hockey historians. The left wingers who played against him seldom scored goals.

Originally Posted by Glenn Hall
What I remember most about the Rocket were his eyes. When he came flying toward you with the puck on his stick, his eyes were all lit up, flashing and gleaming like a pinball machine. It was terrifying.
Originally Posted by Frank Selke
He was a wartime hockey player. When the boys come back, they said, they'll look after Maurice. Nobody looked after Maurice. He looked after himself. When the boys come back, they said, they'll catch up with him. The only thing that caught up with Maurice is time.
Originally Posted by Red Fisher
He carried the flag for an entire population -- and that's pretty heavy. He felt he had to live up to that responsibility and he did it the way he knew how -- by scoring goals and responding to every challenge on the ice.
Originally Posted by Gilles Marcotte
Did you ever see Maurice Richard, crushed by two exceptionally husky defensemen, not only on his knees but face down on the ice, successfully, against all odds, in an effort that demands a supreme expenditure of human strength, lifting the puck and sending it past a stupefied goalie? Well, that's hockey.
Originally Posted by Maurice Richard
The other team's goal always attracted me like a magnet, and I headed for it with everything I had. All I wanted to do was score, score, score.

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