Transcript of "Never Give Up!" (youth version) – Maurice Richard
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[The bronze statue of Maurice Richard]
Narrator: “Maurice "The Rocket" Richard was one of the best hockey players of all time. Born and raised in a poor Montreal neighbourhood, all he wanted to do was play hockey. He would spend as much time as he could on outdoor rinks, practicing his moves. Growing up, he often played for several minor-hockey teams at the same time. Richard became such a talented player that the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League soon noticed him and signed him to a contract. One of his teammates—a defenseman who had to try to stop him from scoring during practices—said Richard played like a rocket. From then on, he was known as Rocket Richard. The Rocket once scored five goals in a playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Montreal Forum. After the game, the announcer began to read out the game's three stars. When Richard was named the third star, the crowd started to boo; the boos faded away when he was named the second star, and turned into loud cheers when he was also named first star.
“Rocket Richard won eight Stanley Cups and scored a total of 626 goals in regular season and playoffs over his career. He was also the first player to score 50 goals in 50 games. People who saw Richard play remember his eyes—he used them to stare down his opponents and intimidate them.
The sculptor of his statue understood that look. Don't you think? This statue is called Never Give Up, The Rocket's motto. What would be yours?”