In today’s NHL you’ll notice that that most teams share the same strategy when it comes to neutralizing the oppositions star players- through sheer physical punishment.
The thing about Maurice was, anytime anybody stepped to him, he stepped back.
One of the most memorable instances of Richard’s that isn’t a highlight reel goal, was his feud with then NHL President Clarence Campbell.
On March 13th 1955, Boston’s Hal Laycoe struck Maurice in the head with his stick, prompting Maurice to beat the shit out of him with his own stick- following that up with a swift punch to the face of a linesman when he tried to intervene. This incident ultimately led to the ”Richard Riot” in which unruly fans heavily protested NHL President Clarence Campbell’s decision to suspend Maurice for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.
Check out the video below for more on the riot.