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 Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored the first and last goals of the game while his brother Henri scored the winning goal and added two assists.
In 2005, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a four-coin set featuring Richard and his fellow former Canadiens Jean Beliveau and Jacques Plante, who also played in the 1958 All-Star Game, as well as Guy Lafleur. 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, had a mintage of 25,000. These sterling silver coins contain 92.5 per cent silver and 7.5 per cent copper and have a diameter of 27.13 mm and a weight of 9.3 grams. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Earlier in 1958, the Canadiens appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals for the eighth consecutive year. They would eventually defeat the Boston Bruins in six games for their third Stanley Cup victory in a row and the tenth in the team’s history.
Richard led the playoff goal-scoring race with 11 goals. In game five, he notched the third final-series overtime goal and sixth playoff overtime goal of his career.