Richard, nicknamed the “Pocket Rocket” thanks to the exploits of his big brother Maurice Richard, was an outstanding player for the Canadiens in his own right. Playing two decades for Montreal, he amassed over 1,000 regular season points and won the Stanley Cup on 11 different occasions. Those 11 championships are more than any other individual player in NHL history, a feat that will likely never be eclipsed.
Not only was he a legend on the ice, but Richard was revered off of it as well. He represented the Canadiens organization as an ambassador for many years after his retirement, along with fellow Hall of Fame talents like Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur.
Richard is survived by his wife Lisa, his children Michèle, Gilles, Denis, Marie-France and Nathalie, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
There are few players who make such an impact on the game, and likely never another that will ever reach his level of success. The hockey world mourns today as one of the greatest players to ever lace up his skates passes on.