May 08, 2005

For Debbye

My favorite "fierce American" expressed surprise at the lack of hockey-related logos in the banner contest. So I'll put Maurice "Rocket" Richard (pronounced Ree-shard) up top for awhile. From his bio pages:

Richard became the NHL's first 50-goal shooter in 1944-45. This feat was accomplished in 50 games, a performance that wouldn't be equaled until Mike Bossy did it in 1980-81.

Now you shouldn't confuse him with a later legend who also played for the Montreal Canadiens, Henri Richard. For you heathens who don't know who "Pocket Rocket" Richard is:

The only individual to have his name on the Stanley Cup 11 times as a player. Incredibly, he played on a Stanley Cup winner in more than half the seasons he played.

More on his career here.

Posted by Ted at May 8, 2005 08:45 AM
Category: Links

I followed the links, then saw the gallery, and then realized they have gallery links for all the players...I have a bad feeling I'm going to be at the PC the rest of the day looking at hockey pictures!

Posted by: nic at May 8, 2005 09:06 AM

Aw, thanks Ted! You are indeed A Rocketeer Extraordinaire!

I actually got to see Rocket Richard on the ice once at an NHL Old-timers game against the Toronto Police Hockey Team. He was a referee but nonethless put on a dazzling display of skating so was given a penalty for "looking too good" by someone on the police team. He put up his dukes (no gloves to drop) prepared to fight and was given a standing ovation by a very loving crowd.

Posted by: Debbye at May 8, 2005 04:39 PM
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