Written By: Lauren Dellipoali
Brad Richard’s life involves hockey, but it certainly doesn’t revolve around hockey.
There is a difference.
The Rangers’ star has many off-the-ice interests, including charity work, wine, fashion and of course, his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.
If you happen to check out his Twitter or Instagram feed during a game, his football colors shine. Even though he is from Canada, he has spent most of his hockey career playing in cities with rabid football fan bases. Even so, Richards has always stayed loyal to his Packers, and he makes no attempt to hide his love for the Cheeseheads, even when they’re playing the hometown Giants.
“Tough night for me. Packers vs. Giants. Sorry NY fans but Packers will always be #1.”
Another aspect of Richards’ off the ice endeavors is his love for fashion. Rangers’ fans may remember Sean Avery’s similar interest in fashion, but Brads’ comes in a slightly more domesticated package. During the lockout, Richards signed a two-year endorsement deal with UNTUCKit, a U.S. menswear line. The Rangers are one of the most fashionable teams in the league, having been featured in Esquire, along with many players in attendance for Fashion Week. While it may be a bit of a long shot, Richards may have a shot at ousting fellow teammate Henrik Lundqvist as the “Most Stylish Athlete” at the 2012 New York Style Awards.
Richards’ charity work, which he likes to keep quiet, came to the forefront during the lockout when he spent hours upon hours contributing to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. He helped organize many charity events, including an event in Atlantic City, which raised over $500,000. What some fans may not know is that Richard’s also has his own foundation, which raises money for children with Cancer and other serious illnesses.
When you consider all of Richards’ varying interests – from fashion, to charity, to the Packers – it may not seem surprising to discover that Brad is also a lover of wine. He has hosted several wine-tasting events to raise money for another one of his charities, Wines of the World. Brad has been known to offer his commentary of fine wines from around the world, and has a vast wine collection of his own, which he keeps at Bern’s Steak House in Tampa Bay, FL.
What you see on the ice is only a small fraction of Brad Richards. He may be a star player on one of the NHL’s largest franchises, but off the ice, he is a well-rounded athlete who enjoys a lot more than just playing hockey.