On today’s date in 1958, the Montréal Canadiens beat the NHL All-Stars 6-3 in the 12th National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game.
Held at the Montréal Forum, the game saw the Canadiens finish victorious with the Richard brothers leading the way. Captain Joseph Henri Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored the first and last goals of the game while his brother Joseph Henri Richard scored the winning goal and added two assists.
Earlier that year, the Canadiens appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals for the eighth consecutive year. They eventually beat the Boston Bruins in six games for their third Stanley Cup in a row and the 10th in team history. Richard led the playoff goal-scoring race with 11 goals.
FOUR-COIN CANADIENS SET
In 2005, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a four-coin set featuring Richard and his former Canadiens teammates Guy Lafleur, Jean Béliveau and Jacques Plante (Béliveau and Plante also played in the 1958 All-Star Game).
Mint engravers used photographs supplied by the Hockey Hall of Fame to capture the players in iconic poses.
Each of the 50-cent coins, which were part of the Mint’s “Hockey Legends” issue, has a mintage of 25,000 pieces. Struck in 92.5 per cent silver and 7.5 per cent copper, each coin has a diameter of 27.13 millimetres and a weight of 9.3 grams. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.