Dickie Moore (ice hockey)
|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1974|
Moore pictured c. 1948 with the Montreal Jr. Royals
January 6, 1931|
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Died||December 19, 2015
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Louis Blues
Richard Winston "Dickie" Moore (January 6, 1931 – December 19, 2015) was a Canadian professional hockey player, successful businessman and community philanthropist. He twice won the Art Ross Trophy as the National Hockey League's leading scorer and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Moore spent much of his career with the Montreal Canadiens, but also played briefly with the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues.
Moore played left wing with the Montreal Canadiens from 1951 to 1963. He started playing with the Montreal Jr. Royals for three seasons from 1947 to 1950, and made his debut with the Montreal Canadiens in the middle of the 1951–52 season. Moore had played on two Memorial Cup winners, one with the Montreal Royals in 1949 and Montreal Junior Canadiens the following year. In the late 1940s Canadiens GM Frank Selke Sr. anointed him Canada’s best junior.
He was known for his hard accurate shot and his ability to stickhandle the puck. He twice won the Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the league's leading scorer. Moore broke Gordie Howe's record of 95 total points in a regular season play with 41 goals and 55 assists.
During his 1957-58 season with the Canadiens, Moore suffered a broken wrist during a collision with Detroit defenceman Marcel Pronovost which threatened to cut short a scoring championship year. Journalist Red Fisher described what happened next: Moore, the competitor, wanted to win the Art Ross. He had his eye on the prize, but Moore, the team man, had other ideas. One night, when the Canadiens were travelling on the train, he asked for a meeting with coach Toe Blake and his linemates, Maurice and Henri Richard. At the time, Henri was Dickie’s closest pursuer in the scoring race. Dickie told them he could still play with his wrist in a cast, but for how long? And as long as he played with an injury that would sideline most players, how much could he contribute to the line? “It’s not fair to Henri,” Moore told Blake. “It’s not fair not to allow him to win the scoring title.” The meeting lasted no more than a few minutes. It ended abruptly when Maurice and Henri told Blake: “There’s no damned way he’s going off the line.” Moore remained on the line. He played with his wrist imprisoned in a cast for the second half of the season. He won the Art Ross with an NHL-leading 36 goals and 48 assists in a 70-game season. Henri finished four points behind. Moore won it again in 1958-59 with 41 goals and 55 assists.
He retired following the 1962–63 season, but came back after a year's hiatus to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Another three-year break saw Moore return to play 27 games for the St. Louis Blues. The 37-year-old went out with a bang, picking up 14 postseason points as the Blues made it into the Finals in their inaugural campaign.
Following his retirement from hockey, Moore became a successful businessman, operating an equipment and tools rental business in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
On August 27, 2006, Moore suffered neck, spine and rib injuries when his car was hit by a truck in Montreal. He was trapped in the car for 45 minutes before rescue. He died of prostate cancer on December 19, 2015 in Montreal at the age of 84.
Moore had three children: Dickie Jr., Lianne and John. In 1970, Dickie Moore Jr. died alone in the darkness of an early morning at the age of 18 in a one-car accident on a road leading to Arundel in the Laurentians. The Dickie Moore Memorial Awards are presented annually in memory of former Kentville Minor Hockey player Dickie Moore Jr. Moore Sr.'s wife, Joan, never fully recovered from their son’s death.
Awards and records
- NHL First Team All-Star — 1958, 1959
- NHL Second Team All-Star — 1961
- Played in NHL All-Star Game 6 times
- Art Ross Trophy — 1958, 1959
- Stanley Cup Champions — 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 (6)
- Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974
- Most regular season points in one NHL season - 96 (1959, surpassed by Bobby Hull in 1966 (97 points), current record held by Wayne Gretzky who scored 215 points in 1986)
|1947–48||Montreal Jr. Royals||QJHL||29||10||11||21||20||13||6||5||11||14|
|1948–49||Montreal Jr. Royals||QJHL||47||22||34||56||71||10||4||8||12||6|
|1948–49||Montreal Jr. Royals||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||15||8||5||13||31|
|1949–50||Montreal Jr. Royals||QJHL||1||0||1||1||5||—||—||—||—||—|
|1949–50||Montreal Jr. Canadiens||QJHL||35||24||19||43||110||16||8||13||21||51|
|1949–50||Montreal Jr. Canadiens||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||13||10||14||24||41|
|1950–51||Montreal Jr. Canadiens||QJHL||33||12||22||34||58||9||5||4||9||34|
|1964–65||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||38||2||4||6||68||5||1||1||2||6|
|1967–68||St. Louis Blues||NHL||27||5||3||8||9||18||7||7||14||15|
- "Montreal Canadiens great Dickie Moore dead at 84". CBC.ca. 2015-12-19. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
- "Report: Habs great Moore seriously hurt in accident". ESPN.com. 2006-08-30. Retrieved 2006-08-30.
- "The Montreal Canadiens mourn the loss of Richard "Dickie" Moore". nhl.com. 2015-12-19. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
- Dickie Moore's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Dickie Moore's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Winner of the Art Ross Trophy