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Joseph Henri Maurice 'the Rocket' Richard, Sr. (August 4, 1921 – May 27, 2000) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL from 1942 to 1960. The 'Rocket' was the most prolific goal-scorer of his era, the first to achieve the feat of 50 goals in 50 games. Maurice Richard lived most of his life in Ahuntsic, Montreal. Maurice Richard was the first to score 50 goals in one season (the 1944–45 NHL season), doing so in 50 games, and the first to score 500 goals in a career.
Maurice Richard won the Stanley Cup eight times in Montreal, was captain of four straight cup wins from 1957–1960, won the Hart Trophy in 1947, was elected eight times to the first all-star team and six times to the second all-star team, and played in every National Hockey League All-Star Game from 1947 to 1959. Teamed with Elmer Lach as centre and Hector 'Toe' Blake playing left-wing, they formed the 'Punch Line'. Maurice Richard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961, the customary three-year waiting period being waived in his honour. He retired as the NHL's all-time leading scorer. Maurice Richard was an outstanding scorer.