Maurice Richard

1921 - 2000

Maurice Richard

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 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 921,867 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular hockey player.

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Among hockey players, Maurice Richard ranks 2 out of 52Before him are Viktor Tikhonov. After him are Gordie Howe, Vladislav Tretiak, Wayne Gretzky, Valeri Kharlamov, Jaromír Jágr, Georges Vézina, Stan Mikita, Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, and Henri Richard.

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Among people born in 1921, Maurice Richard ranks 104Before him are Virgilio Barco Vargas, Leonardo Sciascia, Jean Behra, Hannah Szenes, Kocheril R. Narayanan, and Gavriil Ilizarov. After him are Countess Georgina von Wilczek, Nobuo Matsunaga, Manitas de Plata, Louis Lachenal, Esther Williams, and Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Among people deceased in 2000, Maurice Richard ranks 69Before him are Baden Powell, A. E. van Vogt, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Lolo Ferrari, Giorgio Bassani, and Anatoly Sobchak. After him are Pierre Plantard, Libertad Lamarque, Edward Gorey, Richard Farnsworth, Patrick O'Brian, and Claude Sautet.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Maurice Richard ranks 86 out of 840Before him are Princess Margriet of the Netherlands (1943), Victor Garber (1949), Simon Newcomb (1835), Norma Shearer (1902), René Angélil (1942), and Louis Slotin (1910). After him are Norman Bethune (1890), Lester B. Pearson (1897), Ian Stevenson (1918), Jack L. Warner (1892), Wilfrid Laurier (1841), and Yvonne De Carlo (1922).


Among hockey players born in Canada, Maurice Richard ranks 1After him are Gordie Howe (1928), Wayne Gretzky (1961), Georges Vézina (1887), Phil Esposito (1942), Bobby Hull (1939), Henri Richard (1936), Bobby Orr (1948), Mario Lemieux (1965), Howie Morenz (1902), Guy Lafleur (1951), and Art Ross (1885).

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