Maurice Richard

1921 - 2000

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Joseph Henri Maurice "Rocket" Richard (; French: [ʁiʃaʁ]; August 4, 1921 – May 27, 2000) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens. He was the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season, accomplishing the feat in 50 games in 1944–45, and the first to reach 500 career goals. Richard retired in 1960 as the National Hockey League's all-time leader in goals with 544. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Richard has received more than 1,482,021 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Maurice Richard is the 2nd most popular hockey player, the 101st most popular biography from Canada (down from 79th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Hockey Player.

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Among hockey players, Maurice Richard ranks 2 out of 676Before him are Wayne Gretzky. After him are Vladislav Tretiak, Valeri Kharlamov, Viktor Tikhonov, Gordie Howe, Václav Nedomanský, Georges Vézina, Jiří Holeček, Bobby Hull, Jaromír Jágr, and Sergei Makarov.

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Among people born in 1921, Maurice Richard ranks 112Before him are George Roy Hill, James Clavell, Hannah Szenes, Virgilio Barco Vargas, Oskar Gröning, and Meir Amit. After him are Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Betty Friedan, Arno Babajanian, Gavriil Ilizarov, Ralph Asher Alpher, and Stein Rokkan. Among people deceased in 2000, Maurice Richard ranks 70Before him are Hirokazu Ninomiya, Keizō Obuchi, Noboru Takeshita, Don Budge, Kemal Sunal, and Barbara Cartland. After him are Pierre Plantard, Baden Powell, Franck Pourcel, Ahmet Kaya, Claude Sautet, and Ivan Stambolić.

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Among people born in Canada, Maurice Richard ranks 101 out of 1,622Before him are Jack L. Warner (1892), Rudolph A. Marcus (1923), Norma Shearer (1902), Nathan Fillion (1971), Marc Ouellet (1944), and Louis Slotin (1910). After him are David Morrell (1943), Jacques Villeneuve (1971), Denny Doherty (1940), Justin Bieber (1994), Rachel McAdams (1978), and James Randi (1928).


Among hockey players born in Canada, Maurice Richard ranks 2Before him are Wayne Gretzky (1961). After him are Gordie Howe (1928), Georges Vézina (1887), Bobby Hull (1939), Phil Esposito (1942), Mario Lemieux (1965), Henri Richard (1936), Bobby Orr (1948), Guy Lafleur (1951), Marcel Dionne (1951), and Howie Morenz (1902).