View Full Version : Hockey Lovers Have Lost a Legend
05-28-2000, 09:39 AM
Another great one gone. How sad
05-28-2000, 10:18 AM
Oh dear, I hadn't heard this...
How sad. :(
05-28-2000, 12:07 PM
With Gordie Howe, the greatest talent of his era.
And, if you watch any of those old films, it's quite evident The Rocket could have been a star if he was just getting started today as well.
Sad day for Canada in general, Quebec and Montreal in particular, and a huge loss for hockey and its fans.
Heaven just got another forward for the first line ...
05-28-2000, 01:12 PM
could have been a star? Maurice Richard had more talent, determination, pure unadulterated love of the game in his little finger than the whole 1999-2000 edition of the Canadiens combined (not to mention the rest of the teams in the league). That man inspired fear, awe and admiration in his team-mates and other hockey players of the time. He certainly wasn't the greatest stylist on the ice, but he more than made up for it with his consuming desire to win. For a generation of Canadians - and, to this day, for French-speaking Quebecers especially - he attained mythical proportions. Six years ago, the day of the last home game at the Montreal Forum, the always-uncomfortable-at-special-events Richard received a standing/vociferous ovation that lasted close to 10 minutes. He remained a simple man to the end, always willing to shake the hands of fans (some whose fathers weren't even born when Richard played his last game) and sign autographs.
He will be missed.
One final anecdote: Sometime in the forties, Richard asked to be excused for a game because he had to go help one of his relatives on moving day. But a couple of players reported sick the same day and Richard, who had toiled all day, received a phone call to report for duty. He hopped in a cab, got dressed and scored five goals that same night. (He also got three assists).
Indeed a great loss for hockey.
If M. Richard played hockey in this day and age and this season, he would have only scored 20 goals maximum.
But what would you expect from a 78 year old.
His record 6 career overtime goals may stand for the ages, no one else has even hit 5 yet.
His name was engraved 8 times on the Stanley Cup.
And from what I have read, he was a better person than he was a player.
Au revoir Rocket.
05-28-2000, 09:21 PM
A man who inspires so much in all of us... a man who enriched the culture of our country... a man who did so much for the sport of hockey will be sorely missed.
The province of Quebec and the Country of Canada will never be the same.
A Dieu Maurice.
05-28-2000, 09:31 PM
May he rest in peace, secure in a life well and bravely lived, following his passion.
Nobility isn't inborn, it's achieved in all kinds of ways.
A respectful hand-over-heart, honoring a life well lived.
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