maurice richard trophy

Maurice Richard is hugged by teammates after becoming the first NHL player to score 500 goals during the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 19, 1957 at the Montreal Forum. A 13-time consecutive All-Star and eight-time Stanley Cup champion who led the league in goals five times, “Rocket” Richard was born 95 years ago on Aug. 4, 1921. The league’s top goal-scorer each season receives the Maurice Richard Trophy, named for the Hall of Famer who passed away on May 27, 2000. (Hy Peskin)

Hey girl, meet the NHL’s 2014-15 goal scoring leader. This is Ovi’s 5th career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. #Ovechkin 🏆

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Maurice Richard scores a goal past Terry Sawchuk during a Canadiens-Red Wings game on Nov. 6, 1954 in Montreal. A 13-time consecutive All-Star and eight-time Stanley Cup champion, “Rocket” Richard led the NHL in goals five times. The league’s top goal-scorer each season receives the Maurice Richard Trophy, named for the first 50-goal scorer and first to reach 500. The Hall of Famer passed away 15 years ago today at the age of 78 and was given a state funeral — the first Canadian athlete so honored. (Hy Peskin for SI)