Each year, the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy is given to a leading goal scorer from the National Hockey League. The award itself was donated to the NHL in 1998-99 by the Montreal Canadiens and first awarded to Teemu Selanne. The most recent recipient is Pittsburgh Penguins player Sidney Crosby, who was awarded the trophy for scoring 44 goals during the 2016-17 season.
Unfortunately, not all past winners managed to sustain their amazing streak. Here, you can find some of those who received this award and then seemed to fizzle out.
Perhaps one of the most well-known recipients of the award, Jonathan Cheechoo won it for his form in the 2005-2006 season. At the time, he scored a league high of 56 goals. Unfortunately, this success didn’t continue, with his hit rate falling to 37 goals during the next season, 23 goals the following and then only 12 goals during his last year with San Jose. He is now retired, but unfortunately this lackluster record follows him.
Check out some of his standout year’s highlights here.
Corey Perry has had a long career in ice hockey, with a particularly long stint of his career spent with the Anaheim Ducks, where he has played for well over a decade. Corey won the Rocket Trophy for his standout season in 2010-2011, scoring a whopping 50 goals for the Ducks. However, Corey has yet to rise up to that number in any of his subsequent seasons, and while he has been performing better in recent years, he put up a meager 15 goals in his 2012 to 2013 season. Luckily for Corey he’s not quite as infamous as Cheechoo, but hell need to put in some work to snag the Rocket Trophy again.
See the best of Corey Perry here.
While there are some exceptions to the rule, there’s a surprising trend when it comes to hockey players who have received the Rocket Trophy. Many can’t keep up the momentum, leading to subpar scoring records following their “big” year. However, not all is lost after a bad season or two; and even the most unlikely of players can rise up to reclaim some of their former glory.
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