Brad Richards//19//Center

Height: 6’0″        Weight: 195        Shoots: Left        Birthplace: Murray Harbour, PEI, Canada

Background

Bradley Glenn Richards is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars. He won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Lightning, where he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player during the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Born and raised in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island. Richards has been friends with Vincent Lecavalier since the age of 14, when they met at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, a boarding school with an excellent hockey program in Saskatchewan, Canada. In his final season with Rimouski, Richards won nearly every honor possible for a Canadian junior player in the QMJHL: he earned the Jean Béliveau Trophy after leading the league with 186 points, as well as the Telus Cup, given to the league’s best offensive player; he won the QMJHL and Canadian Hockey League Plus/Minus Awards with a plus-80 mark, and was a First-Team All-Star in both the Quebec circuit and the CHL, as well as the CHL Player of the Year and Leading Scorer. In the postseason, Richards took home both the Guy Lafleur Trophy as MVP of the ‘Q’ league playoffs, then the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as MVP of the 2000 Memorial Cup, as the Océanic won both the QMJHL playoff title and the CHL national championship.

Richards was drafted in the 3rd round, 64th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, despite recording 82 assists and 115 points in his draft year. Richards went on to win the Conn Smythe and the Lady Byng Trophies in 2004. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004. Later that same year, he won the World Cup of Hockey Championship playing on Team Canada. Richards holds the record for game-winning goals in a single playoff season with seven in 2004, overtaking Joe Sakic’s and Joe Nieuwendyk’s record of six.

On September 26, 2004 the Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL retired Richards jersey. Richards played for Rimouski Océanic from 1997-2000.

Richards played for Ak Bars Kazan in the Russian Super League during the 2004–05 NHL lockout and played for Team Canada in the 2006 Olympics.

On February 26, 2008, roughly 3 hours before the NHL trade deadline, Richards was traded to the Dallas Stars in a blockbuster deal along with goaltender Johan Holmqvist for goalie Mike Smith, centre Jeff Halpern, winger Jussi Jokinen and a 2009 4th round draft pick. Richards had the Stars franchise record of most assists in a player’s first game with five. The record is also a career high for Richards. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 7–4, and Richards was named the number one star of the game.

In the 2008 Playoffs, Richards tied an NHL record by scoring four points in a single period in game 2 against the San Jose Sharks.

Brad family. Winter classicAfter becoming an unrestricted free agent, Richards signed a nine-year contract with the New York Rangers on July 2, reuniting him with his coach when winning the 2004 Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay, John Tortorella and another teammate from that 2004 team, Ruslan Fedotenko.

On July 1, 2014 Richards signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

During the offseason, he goes back to Prince Edward Island, his childhood home. Richards has hosted the Brad Richards PEI Celebrity Golf Classic for the past six years. The event supports two charities:Children’s Wish Foundation, Prince Edward Island Chapter and Autism Society of Prince Edward Island. He is friends with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean, who spends a lot of time in PEI. During the season, he lives in an apartment in Manhattan.

Richards is also a well known wine aficionado and filmed a segment about wine tasting for Nhl.com. Also an American football fan, he considers the Green Bay Packers to be his favourite NFL team.

Career Highs

1999–2000: CHL Player of the Year
1999–2000: CHL Leading Scorer
1999–2000: CHL Plus/Minus Award Winner
1999–2000: CHL First All-Star Team
1999–2000: QMJHL Michel Brière Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
1999–2000: QMJHL Jean Béliveau Trophy (Leading scorer)
1999–2000: QMJHL Plus/Minus Award Winner
1999–2000: QMJHL Guy Lafleur Trophy (Playoff MVP)
1999–2000: QMJHL First All-Star Team
1999–2000: Memorial Cup Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (MVP)
1999–2000: Memorial Cup All-Star Team
2000–01: NHL All-Rookie Team
2001–02: NHL YoungStars Game participant
2003–04: NHL Stanley Cup
2003–04: NHL Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP)
2003–04: NHL Lady Byng Trophy (Sportsmanship)
2010-11: Played in the NHL All-Star Game