October 02, 2012
Dickie Moore: Habs Most Underrated Legend
In Montreal, no person is more revered than Maurice "Rocket" Richard. That's why when a scout proclaimed a young player named Dickie Moore would one day make fans forget all about the Rocket, Habs management eagerly listened.
Unfortunately injuries plagued Moore's career, but he very effective and rugged player. He became a six time Stanley Cup winner, a two time NHL scoring champion, and a Hockey Hall of Famer. Yet somehow his has not stood the test of time a la The Rocket, Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur and other Habs greats.
Although hampered by injuries such as knee operations, shoulder separations, broken hands and wrists and countless bruises, scars and wounds, he twice led the league in scoring. In fact in 1953 he recorded 96 points to set a new NHL record for points in a season. This feat is made more amazing in the fact that he played much of the season on his off-wing and with a specially designed cast on his injured shooting wrist!
His toughness came to no surprise for those who knew him since he was a toddler. Growing up in blue collar North Montreal, Dickie first established a reputation as tough-as-nails when he was hit by a car. Injuries to his knees and leg threatened his hockey career, but Moore stubbornly was determined to achieve the only dream he ever had - to play in the NHL.
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