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Laval to honour ‘Pocket Rocket’ with art display at Place Bell arena

Former Montreal Canadiens Henri Richard reponds to questions Friday, June 1, 2007 in Ottawa.The City of Laval, Que., is asking artists to submit ideas for a display honouring former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard.
Former Montreal Canadiens Henri Richard reponds to questions Friday, June 1, 2007 in Ottawa.The City of Laval, Que., is asking artists to submit ideas for a display honouring former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The City of Laval, Que., is asking artists to submit ideas for a display honouring former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard.

The artwork is to be installed on the walls at the entrance to the 10,000-seat Place Bell arena, which opened Aug. 31.

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Richard, 81, was born in Montreal but is a long-time resident of Laval.

The younger brother of Canadiens legend Maurice (Rocket) Richard won a record 11 Stanley Cups from 1955 to 1975.

The speedy centre had 358 goals and 1,046 points in 1,256 games, all with the Canadiens. He served as team captain from 1971 to 1975.

Richard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.

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Place Bell is the home of the Canadiens American Hockey League affiliate, the Laval Rocket.

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The city asked contemporary art professions to apply.

It has set aside $75,000 to cover the artwork, plus expenses and installation costs.

A jury will select three finalists, who will be asked to submit proposals for the work.