5' 10" 180 lbs
Regular season GP 978 G 544 A 421 PTS 965
Playoffs GP 133 G 82 A 44 PTS 126
"Rocket" Richard was the Babe Ruth of hockey. He was the first to score 50 goals in a season and he did it in fifty games. He was the first to score 500 goals in a career. His 544 goals record in a career was equivalent to Ruth's 714 home runs, until he was passed in 1963 by Gordie Howe.
Richards 544 regular season goals and 82 playoff goals are still Montreal records. Richard had a good shot both forehand and backhand. He was quick, especially from the blueline in. The single greatest quality he possessed was his intensity. He would not be denied. Whatever the obstacle "The Rocket" would blast his way through it to the net.
Richard was the definitive goal scorer and his name now fittingly adorns the trophy for the leagues regular season goal scoring leader. He lead the league himself in goal scoring five times though he never lead the league in points.
The fiery Richard only ever won the Hart trophy as the leagues most valuable player once, in 1946-47.
Richard won eight Stanley cups in Montreal and was captain for four of them. He was part of the five cup dynasty team that won cups from 1955 to 1960. He was a member of one of the greatest lines of all time early in his career with Toe Blake and Elmer Lach, the 'Punch" line. He was also a member with Beliveau, Olmstead, Harvey and Geoffrion on one of the greatest power plays of all time.
His six overtime winners in the playoffs are second only to Joe Sakic's eight.
Maurice Richard was one of the greatest NHL players of all time. He is the greatest Montreal Canadien of all time.