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Grand moments

October 29th, 1942
READY FOR TAKEOFF
On October 31, 1942, only two days after signing his first professional contract with the Canadiens, Maurice Richard’s NHL star began its ascent in a game at the Forum against the Boston Bruins.

It took only 36 seconds for him to make an impact. While playing his first NHL shift, Richard picked up an assist on Tony Demers’ early goal. Wearing the number 15 and playing alongside Demers and Elmer Lach, Richard quickly established himself as a player to be watched very closely, something he would have to put up with for the next few difficult years. The Canadiens would take the game 3-2, with Ray Getliffe potting the winner.