Richard wins NHL race to 500

On October 19, 1957, Montreal Canadiens right winger, 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 scored 544 and is currently 29th overall when it comes to most goals scored in a career. He accompanied the team to 15 post season visits and had eight opportunities to hoist the Stanley Cup. He was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy after being named most valuable player of the 1946-47 season.

Richard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player with the class of 1961.

The Maurice Richard Trophy has been awarded to players since the 1999 to recognize the league’s top goal scorer at the conclusion of each season. 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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