Canadiens legend Henri Richard, winner with Montreal’s record-breaking 11 Stanley Cups for the National Hockey League (NHL), died at 84 years of age, the court announced Friday.
Henri Richard, younger brother of Maurice “Rocket” Richard, another great figure of the Canadiens, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.
Nicknamed in reference to his older brother “The Pocket Rocket” (“the pocket rocket”) because of his smaller height, 1.70 metres, “Henri Richard was one of the true giants of the game,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
“The entire NHL family mourns the passing of this incomparable winner, leader, gentleman and ambassador of our sport and the Montreal Canadiens,” he added.
He and his older brother won five consecutive Stanley Cups from 1956 to 1960. Henri Richard then added six more titles in 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1973, before retiring after a 20-year career.
He is tied with Bill Russell, legendary Boston Celtics’ 11-time NBA insider and the most successful player in the four North American professional sports.