Greatest Montreal Canadiens Players of All-Time (Part III)

Maurice Richard really made an impression on the ice.

Right Wing: Maurice Richard

When Maurice Richard came into the league in 1942-43, he scored five goals in 16 games before a broken leg finished his season. He had shown promise, but no one in the NHL at that time could have known what he would go on to do. 

When he came back to the ice the next season, The Rocket swiftly became the most thrilling player the NHL had witnessed in a very long time. His offensive skill set had never been observed before. Defenders didn’t know how to stop him.

Richard is famous as the first player in league history to score 50 goals in a season. He accomplished it in only 50 games and in only his second full NHL season. For his career, The Rocket scored 544 times in the regular season and an incredible 82 times in the playoffs. Both still are Canadiens’ records. 

Richard helped in bringing eight Stanley Cups to the city of Montreal, five straight from 1955-60. The Rocket played his last game in 1960 and was quickly voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Defense: Larry Robinson

Simply put, Larry Robinson was one of the best offensive defensemen to ever play hockey. 

A steal in the second round of the 1971 amateur draft (where the Habs also picked Guy Lafleur first overall), “Big Bird” would go on to play 17 amazing seasons with the Canadiens. 

After 1,202 career regular-season games played in Montreal, Robinson is perched near the top of all the Canadiens’ major offensive records. His 883 points put him fifth on the all-time list, while his 686 assists put him at fourth. 

Additionally, he was pretty good in his own end, completing his career a plus-730 (plus-700 with the Canadiens). 

Robinson earned two Norris Trophies, six Stanley Cups, and one Conn Smythe in his 17 seasons with the Canadiens. In 1992, he retired from playing hockey.