This gorgeous Maurice "Rocket" Richard and Elmer Lach autographed Montreal Canadiens 8x11 vintage print came from In The Game and is authenticated by Dave & Adam's. Both of these legends are now deceased.
Numerous honors were bestowed upon Richard throughout and following his career: The Canadian Press named him its male athlete of the year on three occasions, and in 1957, Richard won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year. The Canadiens retired his sweater number 9 in 1960, while the Hockey Hall of Fame waived its five-year waiting period after retirement and inducted him in 1961. In 1967, he was one of the inaugural members of the Order of Canada, and, in 1998, was elevated to the title of Companion of the Order of Canada. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975, and was given a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999. He was appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada in 1992.
While he was a popular player throughout Canada, Richard was an icon within Quebec. Author Roch Carrier explained the passion Richard elicited from the fans in his Canadian-classic short story The Hockey Sweater, writing how Canadian children all emulated Richard's style and mannerisms: "we were five Maurice Richards against five other Maurice Richards, throwing themselves on the puck. We were ten players all wearing the uniform of the Montreal Canadiens, all with the same burning enthusiasm. We all wore the famous number 9 on our backs". Richard's popularity persisted late in his life: when introduced as part of the ceremonies preceding the final hockey game at the Montreal Forum, Richard was brought to tears by Canadiens' fans who acknowledged him with an 11 minute standing ovation. Upon his death, the province of Quebec honored Richard with a state funeral, the first one in Quebec for a non-politician. Over 115,000 people paid their respects by viewing his lying in state at the Molson Centre.
Lach played 14 seasons for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL). A centre, he was a member of the Punch line, along with Maurice Richard and Toe Blake. Lach led the NHL in scoring twice, and was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1945 as the league's most valuable player.
He won three Stanley Cups with Montreal. When Lach retired in 1954, he was the league's all-time leading scorer and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame twelve years later. His number 16 was retired on December 4, 2009, during the Montreal Canadiens centennial celebrations.