Maurice RichardJoseph Henri Maurice Richard (August 4, 1921 - May 27, 2000), better known as Maurice "the Rocket" Richard, was a professional hockey player.
Maurice Richard was the quintessential Montreal hero in his time. He pulled off a five-goal game after a day spent moving house - including the piano - in 1944, and scored the series-winning goal of the 1952 Stanley Cup semifinals as blood dripped down his face from an earlier injury. In March 1955, Richard punched a linesman in a dispute during a game. NHL President Clarence Campbell suspended him for the rest of the season, wrecking the Canadiens' chances in the playoffs. When Campbell showed up for the hockey game the following night, the fans erupted into the street in the worst riot in Canadian sports history. This incident has been referred in history as The Richard Riot. The Canadiens indeed failed to win the Cup that year.
Richard's career began and ended before the era of huge salaries for sports figures. The largest yearly salary he ever made was $25,000.
Although long retired by the time of his death in 2000, Maurice Richard's state funeral was attended by throngs lining the streets. His jersey number 9 was retired long ago by the Canadiens. A minor league hockey team is also named after him, the Rocket de Montreal (in 2003-04 this team moved to Prince Edward Island).
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