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Mike Richards

Born:Feb. 11, 1985Draft:2003, Philadelphia Flyers, #24 Overall
Hometown:Kenora, ON, CANPosition:C
Known For:Two Staley Cups with KingsShoots/Catches:Left
National Team:Canada

Michael Richards (born February 11, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Richards played 11 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, spending time with the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, and Washington Capitals, winning the Stanley Cup twice with the Kings. Richards was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Flyers, 24th overall.

On June 29, 2015, the Kings announced that they had terminated Richards “for a material breach of the requirements” of his contract following his arrest on charges of possessing oxycodone without a prescription. The National Hockey League Players’ Association filed a grievance on August 10 disputing the termination, which was settled on October 9, 2015, thereby making Richards an unrestricted free agent.

Richards was a member of two Stanley Cup-winning teams with Los Angeles, in 2012 and 2014, in addition to being a part of numerous championship teams at various levels, including the Memorial Cup (Kitchener Rangers – OHL), World Juniors (Canada – IIHF), the Calder Cup (Philadelphia Phantoms – AHL), and an Olympic gold medal (Canada).

Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers (crashmaster007@flickr)

Mike Richards Statistics

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Achievements

  • CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2002-2003
  • CHL Memorial Cup Champion 2002-2003
  • CHL Top Prospects Game 2002-2003
  • OHL Champion 2002-2003
  • U20 WJC Best Plus/Minus (+11) 2003-2004
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal 2003-2004
  • AHL Calder Cup Champion 2004-2005
  • CHL Second All-Star Team 2004-2005
  • OHL Second All-Star Team 2004-2005
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal 2004-2005
  • NHL All-Star Game 2007-2008
  • Olympic Gold Medal 2009-2010
  • NHL Stanley Cup Champion 2011-2012
  • NHL Stanley Cup Champion 2013-2014

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