Forward Mike Richards made his debut with the Los Angeles Kings' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs on Friday night. He did not record a point, but registered two shots, and took one penalty (hooking) in the team’s 3-1 victory over Portland. Richards wore the number 18 (which is the number he wore playing as the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers).
Richards centered the Monarchs’ first line playing on the power-play and penalty-kill units. He was in the penalty box when Portland scored their one and only goal of the night.
Richards, 29, is a 10-year NHL veteran and a two-time Stanley Cup Champion. He was placed on waivers by the Kings but he cleared waivers on Tuesday which is when the Kings assigned him to Manchester. Richards had five goals and 10 assists in 47 games with the Kings this season, before he joined the Monarchs.
"Obviously it’s not expected," Richards said in a pregame radio interview. "It came as quite the surprise on Sunday night, but I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason. … You’re not always going to have smooth sailing. It’s how you react, or what you do with the opportunity when things go wrong."Read more... Join the Conversation...