MAURICE "ROCKET" RICHARD had some nay-sayers when he joined the NHL with Montreal in 1942-43. 'Too fragile.' 'Not NHL calibre.' But he stopped that talk with his scoring exploits, and there was no doubt whatsoever that he not only was qualified as an NHLer, but was one of the best scoring forwards to ever play in the NHL. After having been a HART TROPHY runner-up in 1944-45, RICHARD won the award hands down in 1946-47. His 45 goals led the NHL, and joined with 26 assists, the ROCKET finished with 71 points -- good for second place behind Max Bentley. Montreal finished in first place, paced by RICHARD's offense. He was selected to the First NHL All-Star Team, his third consecutive choice, and he won the sole HART TROPHY of his illustrious career. Boston's Milt Schmidt was runner-up to the ROCKET.