Maurice Richard, first to get 500 NHL Goals

On October 19, 1957, Maurice Richard became the first player in the National Hockey League to score his 500th goal.

Richard’s goals helped lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Nicknamed Rocket, Richard spent his entire 18 year career with the Canadiens. He finished his time in the NHL with 544 goals and is currently 28th when it comes to most goals scored in a career. He was with the team for 15 playoff visits and had eight chances to hoist the Stanley Cup. The Hart Memorial Trophy was awarded to him as the most valuable player after the 1946-47 season. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 1961.

The Maurice Richard Trophy has been awarded to players since the 1998-99 season to annually recognize the league’s top goal scorer. It has been presented to players like Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Corey Perry and Sidney Crosby.

“When he came flying towards you with the puck on his stick, his eyes were all lit up, flashing and gleaming like a pinball machine. It was terrifying.” –Glenn Hall, on Maurice Richard

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