On Oct. 19, 1957, Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 500 goals. The Rocket set the standard for excellence in finishing. Since breaking the 500-goal barrier, 41 other NHL greats have followed in his footsteps. To commemorate Richard's seminal achievement from 55 years ago, NHL.com talked with several legends who followed him about being part of one of the sport's most exclusive clubs.
In Detroit, he is known simply as "The Captain."
Steve Yzerman wore the "C" for the Red Wings for 19 seasons, more than 1,300 games, helping bring the Stanley Cup to Hockeytown three times and carving out a legendary career for himself in the process.
Yzerman ranks sixth all-time in career points (1,755), seventh in assists (1,063) and eighth in goals (692). As a consummate playmaker, that final statistic may come as a bit of a surprise. One of the best distributors in NHL history was also one of the League's best finishers, despite never thinking himself much of a scorer.
"I was able to score, but I never considered myself a goal-scorer," Yzerman told NHL.com. "The natural scorers are the guys who, it's on their stick, it's off their stick and in the net. [Mike] Bossy, Brett Hull, Maurice Richard, they all had wicked shots. I was more of a playmaker."