Richard's mark in time meant something, but what about now?

Updated: October 18, 2007, 9:14 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

Fifty years ago Friday, Maurice (Rocket) Richard became the first NHL player to score 500 career goals.

At the time, he was 36 years old and in his 15th season with the Canadiens, and until that point, the 500-goal threshold had seemed theoretical and unreachable, not attainable.

One reason was tied to the post-World War II incremental lengthening of the season from the 48- and 50-game lengths from 1931-32 through 1945-46, to 60 games in 1946-47 and 70 in 1949-50.

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