New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Maurice Richard

1921 - 2000

Photo of Maurice Richard

Icon of person 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 1,283,244 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Maurice Richard is the 2nd most popular hockey player, the 79th most popular biography from Canada (up from 82nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Hockey Player.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.3M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 57.79

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 33

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.22

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Maurice Richards by language


Among hockey players, Maurice Richard ranks 2 out of 364Before him are Wayne Gretzky. After him are Gordie Howe, Viktor Tikhonov, Vladislav Tretiak, Valeri Kharlamov, Jaromír Jágr, Phil Esposito, Jiří Holeček, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Viacheslav Fetisov.

Most Popular Hockey Players in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1921, Maurice Richard ranks 100Before him are Mary Douglas, Raymond Goethals, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld, Leonardo Sciascia, George Roy Hill, and Stanley Ho. After him are Jean-Marie Balestre, Donna Reed, Nino Manfredi, Stein Rokkan, James Whitmore, and Neslişah Sultan. Among people deceased in 2000, Maurice Richard ranks 58Before him are Lolo Ferrari, A. E. van Vogt, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Lazar Koliševski, Akira Nozawa, and Keizō Obuchi. After him are Don Budge, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Giorgio Bassani, Noboru Takeshita, Ion Gheorghe Maurer, and Ivan Stambolić.

Others Born in 1921

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2000

Go to all Rankings

In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Maurice Richard ranks 79 out of 1,350Before him are Avril Lavigne (1984), A. E. van Vogt (1912), Wayne Gretzky (1961), Rachel McAdams (1978), Yvonne De Carlo (1922), and Rick Moranis (1953). After him are Gordie Howe (1928), Victor Garber (1949), Reginald Fessenden (1866), Simon Newcomb (1835), Marie-Louise Meilleur (1880), and Michael Ironside (1950).


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