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Ray Getliffe, Second Oldest Former NHLer Passes Away

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 19, 2008

Just two days ago on June 17, 2008, the second oldest former NHLer, Ray Getliffe passed away at the age of 94.

A former Montreal Canadien and Boston Bruin, Getliffe was known as a hard-hitting forward who had a nose for the net. He played ten seasons in the National Hockey League, skating in 393 games and scoring 136 goals along with 137 assists for 272 points.

Although his numbers aren't staggering, perhaps he is more well known for something, creating one of the most famous nicknames in hockey history.

It was at a Canadiens practice in 1942 when he was asked about teammate Maurice Richard. He commented, "He just took off like a Rocket." And thus the nickname "Rocket" Richard was created.

Getliffe is survived by his wife, Lorna. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Rest in Peace Ray Getliffe (1914-2008).

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