Legendary Montreal Canadiens winger Richard ‘Dickie’ Moore, who won six Stanley Cups with the Habs, passed away early Saturday in Montreal. He was 84.
Moore, a Montreal native, lived the dream of many Quebec-born hockey players as he earned his place with the Canadiens by the time he was a 21-year-old.
In his rookie season, Moore was a point-per-game player, notching 18 goals and 33 points in 33 games. He finished third in Calder Trophy voting, and he only improved from there. His sophomore year was an up-and-down campaign and shortened by injury, but he made an impact in the post-season with a three-goal, five-point playoff en route to his first Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1952-53. Moore’s career really hit its stride in the 1954-55 season, though, and he would become one of the greatest offensive players of his generation.
Over the nine seasons between 1954-55 and 1962-63, Moore was the fifth-most prolific scorer in the entire league. Moore notched 233 goals and 548 points over that span — all with the Canadiens — and only teammates Bernie Geoffrion, Jean Beliveau, the Rangers’ Andy Bathgate and Red Wings’ Gordie Howe outscored Moore.
In back-to-back seasons, 1957-58 and 1958-59, Moore led the league with a 36-goal, 84-point campaign, and he followed it up with a 41-goal, 96-point campaign, which was far and away the best offensive season of his career. Moore’s 96 points stood as the league's single-season points record for six seasons until it was broken by Chicago’s Bobby Hull who scored 97 points in 1965-66.
Moore was part of the incredible Canadiens dynasty that won five-straight Stanley Cups from 1955-56 to 1959-60. Moore led the post-season in points during the fourth Cup run with five goals and 17 points in 11 games, and he led the playoffs with six goals during the fifth and final Cup of the streak. Moore would play three more seasons with the Canadiens after winning his sixth Cup and retired due in large part to injuries in 1962-63.
However, Moore would come back to the game in 1964-65 for a season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 38 games, Moore scored two goals and six points. He was unable to suit up for another game with the Maple Leafs.
He came out of retirement once again to play for the St. Louis Blues in 1967-68, but played just 27 games. He managed five goals and eight points, but had a storybook performance in the post-season with St. Louis: in 18 games, Moore scored seven goals and 14 points to help the Blues to the Stanley Cup final. Moore would fall short of a seventh career Stanley Cup, however, as the Blues were swept in the final by who else but the Canadiens.
The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Moore in 1974 and his No. 12 was retired by the Canadiens in 2005. In The Hockey News’ list of the 100 Greatest Players, Moore came in at No. 31. Over his career, Moore played 719 games and scored 261 goals and 608 points.