Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy

The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, also known as the Rocket Richard Trophy,[1] is awarded annually to the leading goal scorer in the National Hockey League (NHL). It was donated to the NHL by the Montreal Canadiens in 1998–99 and is named in honour of legendary Montreal Canadiens right winger Maurice "Rocket" Richard. First won by Teemu Selanne, it is currently held by Auston Matthews, who scored 41 goals during the 2020–21 NHL season.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
SportIce hockey
Awarded forNational Hockey League's top goal scorer
First award1998–99 NHL season
Most winsAlexander Ovechkin (9)
Most recentAuston Matthews
Toronto Maple Leafs


The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens to the NHL in 1999, and was first awarded at the end of the 1998–99 season. It is one of the newest of the NHL's trophies and is named in honour of the legendary right winger Maurice "Rocket" Richard, who spent his eighteen-season career with the Canadiens. He led the NHL in goal scoring five times and was the first NHL player to reach the 500-goal milestone. In 1944–45, Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season, doing so in just 50 games, the latter feat achieved by only four other players since then. However, Richard never finished higher than second in points, his closest miss coming in 1954–55.[2]

The Art Ross Trophy given to the NHL's leading points scorer often wins the Hart Memorial Trophy as league Most valuable player. However, only Alexander Ovechkin and Corey Perry have won both the Richard and the Hart trophies in the same season; Ovechkin has accomplished this three times, in 2007–08, 2008–09, and 2012–13. Eleven players won the Hart in the same season in which they led the league in goals before the Richard Trophy was first awarded.[3]

Unlike the Art Ross Trophy, there are no tiebreakers for the Richard Trophy. As a result, it is possible for several players to share the award, such as when the 2003–04 season featured a three-way tie between 41-goal scorers Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Rick Nash. The second time there was a tie for this award was in the 2009–10 season, when both Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos scored 51 goals each to win this award. In the shortened 2019–20 season, there was a tie between Ovechkin and David Pastrnak. However, Ovechkin did so in 2 less games, having played 68 to Pastrňák's 70. Rick Nash is the youngest player to have won the trophy, being 19 years old upon receipt.

Alexander Ovechkin is the only player to have won the trophy at least three times; he won his ninth Richard Trophy in 2019–20. Only four other players (Pavel Bure, Jarome Iginla, Steven Stamkos, and Sidney Crosby with two trophies each) have won it more than once.


Alexander Ovechkin, nine-time winner
Pavel Bure, two-time winner
Sidney Crosby, two-time winner
Jarome Iginla, two-time winner
Steven Stamkos, two-time winner
  • (#) Wins including leading goal scorers prior to the trophy's formal introduction
  • * Season shortened by the 2012–13 NHL lockout
  • ** Season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic
  Player is still active
  Eligible player not yet elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
  Inactive player not yet eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame
Season Winner Team Goals Games #
1998–99 Teemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 47 75 1 (3)
1999–2000 Pavel Bure Florida Panthers 58 74 1 (2)
2000–01 Pavel Bure Florida Panthers 59 82 2 (3)
2001–02 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames 52 82 1
2002–03 Milan Hejduk Colorado Avalanche 50 82 1
2003–04 Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets 41 80 1
Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers 41 81 1
Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames 41 81 2
2004–05 No winner was named due to the lockout.
2005–06 Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose Sharks 56 82 1
2006–07 Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning 52 82 1
2007–08 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 65 82 1
2008–09 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 56 79 2
2009–10 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 51 81 1
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 51 82 1
2010–11 Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks 50 82 1
2011–12 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 60 82 2
2012–13* Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 32 48 3
2013–14 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 51 78 4
2014–15 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 53 81 5
2015–16 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 50 79 6
2016–17 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 44 75 2
2017–18 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 49 82 7
2018–19 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 51 81 8
2019–20** Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 48 68 9
David Pastrnak Boston Bruins 48 70 1
2020–21** Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs 41 52 1

See also

  • List of past NHL scoring leaders


  • Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy info at
  • Maurice Richard Trophy winners at
  • Dinger, Ralph (2004). National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book. Toronto: Dan Diamond. ISBN 0-920445-84-5.
  1. "NHL Records". Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  2. "Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy history". Archived from the original on 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  3. "Hart Memorial Trophy history". Archived from the original on 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2007-08-22.

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