- Montreal Canadiens fans are sharing touching messages following news of legendary player Henri Richard's death.
- Richard was one of the winningest players in NHL history.
Montreal Canadiens legend Henri Richard has passed away at the age of 84. The Canadiens announced Richard's death on their social media channels and praised the man for being "one of the organization's greatest legends and ambassadors." Richard, or the Pocket Rocket, as he was affectionately called, won 11 Stanley Cups in 20 seasons with the Canadiens.
The Pocket Rocket moniker was bestowed upon him thanks to his familial relation to another Habs legend, Maurice Richard. The Richard brothers played five seasons together and hoisted five Stanley Cups.
Richard, a Hall of Fame player and former Habs captain, is the winningest player in NHL history. It's likely that no one will come close to his personal record of 11 Stanley Cups.
His storied career includes 10 All-Star Game appearances, 1,256 games played, and 1,046 total points. He's the third highest-scoring centreman in Canadiens history.
Richard was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2015 and passed away surrounded by his loved ones at a care residence in Laval. He is survived by his wife, his five children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
On social media, Habs fans, pundits, and players, alike, have offered their condolences to the legendary Richard and his family.
Richard never let his small stature prevent him from taking the NHL by storm.
Standing at a diminutive five-foot-seven, the Pocket Rocket skated circles around his often larger opponents, pestering them with his tenacity and scoring touch.
Richard was known as a clutch player, scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goals on two occasions in 1966 and 1971.
The Montreal Canadiens are saddened to learn of the passing of one of the organization's greatest legends and ambas… https://t.co/SRpo5lR96r— Canadiens Montréal (@Canadiens Montréal) 1583508831.0
Reading many fabulous stories of the great Henri Richard today. The one that just has me shaking my head though ...… https://t.co/zp41T3qsre— Mike Morreale (@Mike Morreale) 1583523090.0
Henri Richard won as many Stanley Cups as the Detroit Red Wings franchise, who have won the third-most in NHL histo… https://t.co/qmsfAFcQ6i— Arpon Basu (@Arpon Basu) 1583509058.0
The brothers Richard were responsible for bringing 19 total Stanley Cups to Montreal.
From politicians to hockey journalists, condolences poured in for Richard shortly after his death was announced.
Henri « Pocket Rocket » Richard was a great player and a great ambassador for the Montreal Canadiens organization.… https://t.co/j0xYKZabVp— Geoff Molson (@Geoff Molson) 1583510397.0
The Stanley Cups Henri Richard lifted. https://t.co/CsDOZVrq1T— Marc Dumont (@Marc Dumont) 1583511385.0
Montréal, le Québec et le monde du hockey perdent une légende et l’un des plus grands ambassadeurs des… https://t.co/ECCq3KjoQ0— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1583509900.0
Translation: Montreal, Quebec and the hockey world lost a legend and one of the greatest ambassadors of the Montreal Canadiens and Montreal sports. Henri Richard will have marked our history as few have done. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
Henri Richard grew up in the shadow of his brother but he still managed to carve out his own place in hockey histor… https://t.co/CySObDxoSD— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) 1583511801.0
He was named captain of the Montreal Canadiens in 1971 and served as captain until his retirement in 1975. In 1979, he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“He's a man that represents everything the Montreal Canadiens stand for.” Remembering Henri Richard, the player,… https://t.co/ybjn23F6kQ— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) 1583513935.0
The thousands of hockey fans who remember the Pocket Rocket will remember him as one of the best players that represented the Montreal Canadiens, both on the ice and off.
Our sincerest condolences to Henri Richard and his family.