Maurice "Rocket" Richard was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for the Montreal Canadiens. He played for 18 years (1942-1960) in the National Hockey League, totalling 544 goals and 421 assistants, 965 points, in 978 regular season games played. His goals scored were the most in NHL history until Gordie Howe scored his 545th in the early 1960's.
Richard is considered one of the fiercest competitors and prolific goal scorers in NHL history. He played with a ruthless abandon, exemplifying both his spirited talent and his powerful style in which he used all his skills, body and soul, to accomplish feats of scoring and team success with his beloved Montreal Canadians (Habs..short for Le Habitants, the original inhabitants, of Lower Canada, circa 1608, which became the Canadian province of Quebec). The "Rocket", as he became known, was followed by his brother, Henri Richard ("Pocket Rocket") both of whom are ranked in the top 100 NHL hockey players of all time, "Rocket" ranked # 5, with the "Pocket Rocket #30.