On Friday Night the Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Winnipeg Jets on home ice. While I am personally looking forward to this game, (I am a Jets fan too, and I love it when a Canadian team visits because their National Anthem being sung is awesome), I am looking more forward to seeing the Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy in person, and having the opportunity to have a picture with it. Yes, I’m a hockey nerd like that.
The Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy was donated to the league by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998-99 season to honor Maurice Richard. Richard was a right winger who was one of the rare gems who spent his entire 18 year career in Montreal. In 1944-45 he was the first player to reach the 50 goal mark in one season, doing so in 50 games. He was the first player in league history to get to 500 goals. He lead the NHL in scoring 5 times. The trophy is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in a season.
Steven Stamkos is one of only four players to win the trophy twice. One being in the 2009-10 season, where he shared it with Sidney Crosby in a tie with 51 goals, and the second being last year with 60 goals. Steven is the current holder of the coveted trophy. Vincent Lecavalier is the only other player to win the trophy while wearing Bolt Blue. This was in 2006-07.
On Friday, the Lightning will have the Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy on display for fans to view, and even take their picture with. It will be on display on the West Plaza, now called ‘Thunder Alley’ prior to the game. During the game it will be on display at different locations throughout the Tampa Bay Times Forum.