Maurice (Rocket) Richard - Birth of a Legend





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Published on May 17, 2009

Broadcast Date: Oct. 25, 1960

Maurice Richard was always a man with goals. Not just the thrilling ones where the puck hits the net, but goals he set for himself. Like excelling in junior hockey despite myriad injuries. Like training to become a machinist when his injuries kept him from becoming a soldier. And making the most of his one big break: a tryout for the NHL's Montreal Canadiens.

From that point on, goals of the other type came fast and furious: 50 in a season, dozens more en route to winning eight Stanley Cups. Within a decade, Richard had scored more goals than anyone in NHL history. This CBC Television clip traces Maurice Richard's development, from his childhood in Montreal to becoming the NHL's career goals leader in 1952.

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