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 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 1,004,553 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Maurice Richard is the 2nd most popular hockey player, the 82nd most popular biography from Canada (up from 86th in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Hockey Player.

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Among hockey players, Maurice Richard ranks 2 out of 358Before him are Viktor Tikhonov. After him are Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Henri Richard, Phil Esposito, Stan Mikita, Jaromír Jágr, Bobby Hull, and Viacheslav Fetisov.

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Among people born in 1921, Maurice Richard ranks 108Before him are Leonardo Sciascia, Virgilio Barco Vargas, Hannah Szenes, Wolfgang Lotz, Shin Kyuk-ho, and Géza Anda. After him are Betty Friedan, Jean Behra, Giovanni Benelli, Manitas de Plata, Paddy Roy Bates, and Ariel Ramírez. Among people deceased in 2000, Maurice Richard ranks 70Before him are Giorgio Bassani, Noboru Takeshita, Baden Powell, Phạm Văn Đồng, Kemal Sunal, and Jacques Chaban-Delmas. After him are Jean-Pierre Rampal, Patrick O'Brian, Claude Sautet, Tito Puente, Steven Runciman, and Charles M. Schulz.

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Among people born in Canada, Maurice Richard ranks 82 out of 1,130Before him are Edward Dmytryk (1908), Justin Bieber (1994), Lester B. Pearson (1897), Victor Garber (1949), Norman Jewison (1926), and John Candy (1950). After him are Jacques Villeneuve (1971), Brian Tracy (1944), Ian Stevenson (1918), Joe Weider (1919), Norma Shearer (1902), and Jack L. Warner (1892).


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