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Maurice 'Rocket' Richard
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Maurice "Rocket" Richard

The Canadiens' Hall of Famer got his moniker in 1942 after teammate Ray Getliffe remarked during a practice that Richard skated like a rocket. The comment was overheard by Montreal Gazette sportswriter Dink Carroll, who began calling Richard ''The Rocket'' in his stories. The nickname was fitting, as Richard was a devastating goal-scorer who played with an intense glare on his face.

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