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Maurice Richard

Joseph Henri Maurice "Rocket" Richard was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens. He was the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season, accomplishing the feat in 50 games in 1944–45, the first to reach 500 career goals. Richard retired in 1960 as the league's all-time leader in goals with 544, he won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 1947, played in 13 All-Star Games and was named to 14 post-season NHL All-Star Teams, eight on the First-Team. In 2017 Richard was named one of the'100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. Richard, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake formed a high-scoring forward line of the 1940s. Richard was a member of eight Stanley Cup championship teams, including a league record five straight between 1956 and 1960; the Hockey Hall of Fame waived its five-year waiting period for eligibility and inducted Richard into the hall in 1961. In 1975 he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

The Canadiens retired his number, 9, in 1960, in 1999 donated the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy to the NHL, awarded annually to the league's regular season leading goal-scorer. The oldest of eight children, Richard emerged from a poverty-stricken family during the Great Depression, he was viewed as a fragile player. A string of injuries prevented him from joining the Canadian military during the Second World War. Outspoken and intense, he was renowned for his physical and violent style of play. Richard was involved in a vicious on-ice incident late in the 1954–55 season during which he struck a linesman. NHL President Clarence Campbell suspended him for the remainder of the season and playoffs, which precipitated the Richard Riot in Montreal; the riot has taken on a mythical quality in the decades since and is viewed as a precursor to Quebec's Quiet Revolution. Richard was a cultural icon among Quebec's francophone population. In 1998, Richard died from the illness two years later, he became the first non-politician honoured by the province of Quebec with a state funeral.

Joseph Henri Maurice Richard was born August 1921, in Montreal, Quebec. His parents, Onésime Richard and Alice Laramée, were from the Gaspé region of Quebec, before moving to Montreal, where they settled in the neighbourhood of Nouveau-Bordeaux. Maurice was the oldest of eight children. Onésime was a carpenter by trade, took a job with the Canadian Pacific Railway shortly after Maurice was born; the Richards struggled during the Great Depression. Richard received his first pair of ice skates when he was four, grew up skating on local rivers and a small backyard ice surface his father created, he did not play organized hockey until he was 14. Instead, Richard developed his skills playing shinny and "hog" – a game that required the puck carrier to keep the puck away from others for as long as possible. While he played baseball and was a boxer, hockey was his passion. After he began playing in organized leagues, Richard joined several teams and used pseudonyms such as "Maurice Rochon" to circumvent rules that restricted players to one team.

In one league, he led his team to three consecutive championships and scored 133 of his team's 144 goals in the 1938–39 season. At 16, Richard dropped out of school to work with his father as a machinist, he enrolled in a technical school. At 18, Richard joined the Verdun Juniors, though as a rookie he saw little ice time in the regular season, he scored four goals in ten regular season games, added six goals in four playoff games as Verdun won the provincial championship. He was promoted to the Montreal Canadiens' affiliate in the Quebec Senior Hockey League in 1940, but suffered a broken ankle in his first game after crashing into the boards and missed the remainder of the season; the injury aborted his hopes of joining the Canadian military: he was called to a recruitment centre in mid-1941, but was deemed unfit for combat. Off the ice, Richard was a unassuming youth who spoke little, he met his future wife Lucille Norchet. She was the younger sister of one of his teammates at Bordeaux, her bright, outgoing personality complemented Richard's reserved nature.

Lucille proved adept at guiding him through trials and disappointments he experienced in both hockey and life. They were engaged when he was 20, though her parents felt she was too young, married on September 12, 1942, when she was seventeen. Having recovered from his broken ankle in time for the 1941–42 season, Richard returned to the QSHL Canadiens, with whom he played 31 games and recorded 17 points before he was again injured, he crashed into the net. Richard rejoined the team for the playoffs; the skills he demonstrated in the QSHL, combined with the NHL parent club's loss of players to the war and struggles to draw fans due to its poor record and a lack of francophone players, earned Richard a tryout with the Canadiens for the 1942–43 season. He signed a contract worth $3,500 for the year and, wearing sweater number 15, made his NHL debut with the team. Richard's first goal was against the New York Rangers on November 8, 1942. Injury again sidelined Richard as his rooki

Berya, Russia

Berya is a rural locality, one of five settlements in Sylansky Rural Okrug of Churapchinsky District in the Sakha Republic, Russia, in addition to Usun-Kyuyol, the administrative center of the Rural Okrug, Dyarla and Ulakhan-Kyuyol. It is located 31 kilometers from Churapcha, the administrative center of the district and 7 kilometers from Usun-Kyuyol, its population as of the 2010 Census was 60. Official website of the Sakha Republic. Registry of the Administrative-Territorial Divisions of the Sakha Republic. Churapchinsky District. Государственное Собрание Республики Саха. Закон №173-З №353-III от 30 ноября 2004 г. «Об установлении границ и о наделении статусом городского и сельского поселений муниципальных образований Республики Саха », в ред. Закона №1058-З №1007-IV от 25 апреля 2012 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Республики Саха "Об установлении границ и о наделении статусом городского и сельского поселений муниципальных образований Республики Саха"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования.

Опубликован: "Якутия", №245, 31 декабря 2004 г

The End of the Beginning (Murs album)

The End of the Beginning is a studio album by American rapper Murs. It was released on Definitive Jux in 2003. John Bush of AllMusic described The End of the Beginning as "one of the most refreshing rap records in years." Nathan Rabin of The A. V. Club called it a "stellar label debut". In XLR8R, Philip Sherburne praised "Murs' lyricism, which combines an unhurried, conversational flow with a confidence so solid he needn't resort to boasting". Louis Miller of CMJ New Music Report said, "While delivering bold statements against wannabe gangstas and shaking his head at record industry politics, Murs manages to marry street-life thug-appeal with intelligent lyricism and spitfire delivery, attempting to bring The End to corporate Hip-Hop." The End of the Beginning at Discogs