A History of Athletes Retiring as Champions

Maurice Richard

Career years: 1943-1960
Accolades: Eight-time Stanley Cup champion (1944, 1946, 1953, 1956-1960), first player to reach the 50-goal mark in 50 games, Hart Trophy winner (1947), Pro Hockey Hall of Fame (1961)
Last stand: 1960 Stanley Cup Finals Game 4, April 14, 1960, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto: Canadiens 4 Maple Leafs 0

Simply put, Richard is among the greatest to ever lace up a pair of skates. Montreal through and through, the "Rocket" spent nearly 20 years with the Canadiens organization, creating a dynasty and building an everlasting legacy. With eight Stanley Cups to his name Richard is heralded as more than an athlete to the city of Montreal, he's a true legend. When the Montreal Forum, which had been Richard's home for the entirety of his Canadien's career, closed in 1996 a tearful "Rocket" received a 16-minute standing ovation. Salute to a true legend and pioneer of the game.

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