Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy

Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
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Established 1998–99 NHL season
Current holder(s) Corey Perry
Awarded to the National Hockey League's top goal scorer

The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, also known as the Maurice Richard Trophy[1] is awarded annually to the leading goal scorer in the National Hockey League (NHL). It was donated to the NHL by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club in 1998–99 and is named in honour of the legendary Montreal Canadiens right winger Maurice "Rocket" Richard and was first won by Teemu Selänne. The current holder is Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks, who scored 50 goals during the 2010–11 season.

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History

The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens to the NHL in 1999, and was first awarded at the end of the 1998–99 season. It is one of the newest of the NHL's trophies and is named in honour of the legendary right winger Maurice "Rocket" Richard, who spent his eighteen-season career with the Canadiens. He led the NHL in goal scoring five times and was the first NHL player to reach the 500 goal milestone. In 1944–45, Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season, doing so in just 50 games, the latter feat only achieved by a handful of players since then. However, the scoring title eluded Richard, and the closest that he got to it was in 1954.[2]

Although the NHL's leading points scorer often wins the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP, only Alexander Ovechkin and Corey Perry have won both the Richard and the Hart in the same season; Ovechkin has done so twice, in 2007-08, and 2008-09. Eleven players both won the Hart in the same season in which they led the league in goals before the Richard Trophy was first awarded.[3]

Unlike the Art Ross Trophy, there are no tiebreakers for the Richard Trophy. As a result, it is possible for several players to share the award, such as when the 2003–04 season featured a three-way tie between Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk and Rick Nash. The second time there was a tie for this award was in the 2009-2010 season when both Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos scored 51 goals each to win this award. Rick Nash is the youngest player to have won the trophy, being 19 years old upon receipt. Pavel Bure, Jarome Iginla and Alexander Ovechkin are the only players to have won the trophy twice.

Winners

Jarome Iginla, two-time winner.
Alexander Ovechkin, two-time winner.
Key
  • (#) Not including leading goal scorers prior to the inception of the trophy
  Player is still active
Season Winner Team Goals #
1998–99 Teemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 47 1
1999–2000 Pavel Bure Florida Panthers 58 1
2000–01 Pavel Bure Florida Panthers 59 2
2001–02 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames 52 1
2002–03 Milan Hejduk Colorado Avalanche 50 1
2003–04 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames 41 2
2003–04 Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers 41 1
2003–04 Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets 41 1
2004–05 2004–05 NHL lockout
No winner
- - -
2005–06 Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose Sharks 56 1
2006–07 Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning 52 1
2007–08 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 65 1
2008–09 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 56 2
2009–10 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 51 1
2009–10 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 51 1
2010–11 Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks 50 1

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