By Joe MacIntyre

Brad Richards has had a great NHL career, and the numbers say he is P.E.I.’s most successful hockey player.

In his last year of junior with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic, Richards won the 2000 Memorial Cup and was named tournament most valuable player (MVP). He also was the QMJHL’s regular-season and playoff MVP, Canadian Hockey League’s player of the year, leading scorer, plus\minus winner and first-team all-star.

Richards was drafted by Tampa Bay in Round 3, 64th overall, in 1998, and was a 2001 NHL all-rookie. He won the Conn Smythe Award as playoff MVP in helping Tampa win the 2004 Stanley Cup. He also won that year’s Lady Byng Trophy as most gentlemanly player.

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