Henri Richard, a Hockey Hall of Famer who won a league-record 11 Stanley Cups, died Friday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was 84.
Richard, a center, spent his entire 20-year career with the Montreal Canadiens and was the captain from 1971 to 1975. He was the younger brother of Hall of Famer Maurice "Rocket" Richard.
Born in 1936, Richard made his NHL debut during the 1955-56 season and recorded 40 points with 19 goals on his way to his first Stanley Cup title.
Known as the "Pocket Rocket" for his diminutive size (he was 5-foot-7, 160 pounds), he holds the franchise record in games played (1,258) and is ranked third in assists (688) and points (1,046). He recorded 358 career regular-season goals before retiring after the 1974-75 season. He added 129 points in 180 playoff games.
The Montreal Canadiens are saddened to learn of the passing of one of the organization’s greatest legends and ambassadors, Henri Richard, this morning. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the Richard family.https://t.co/8zuCcsd2Fg
"A lot of people said I wouldn't make it in the NHL," Richard told the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 1973, he became the ninth player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points. In 2017, Richard was named one of the "100 Greatest NHL Players."
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