Joseph Henri Richard
(born February 29, 1936) is a former professional ice hockey
player who played centre
with the Montreal Canadiens
in the National Hockey League
(NHL) from 1955
. He was the brother of hockey legend Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard
and consequently, because he was 15 years younger and three inches shorter, he was given the nickname The Pocket-Rocket
Although the Rocket shot left (left hand lower on the stick), Henri shot right. Maurice played off wing and Henri played centre
. Throughout, the two brothers' style of play was quite different. Henri led the league in assists in 1957–58
, a feat never matched by his famous brother.
Henri won 11 Stanley Cups
, more than any other player in NHL history. Former teammate and predecessor as team captain Jean Béliveau
has 17 Stanley Cup titles, but only 10 as a player (the other 7 as an executive.) Only one other athlete in North American professional sports has achieved winning eleven championships in his respective league - Bill Russell
of the NBA's Boston Celtics
The 11 Cup titles gave Henri the unusual claim of having more championships than he had birthdays at the end of his career. He was born on February 29 during a leap year, so his birthday came around only 9 times before he played his final game.
In 1957–58, he was named to the......