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Los Angeles Kings Mike Richards: How He Got to the Stanley Cup

September 3rd, 2014 at 10:34 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Here is the journey of Los Angeles Kings Mike Richards that led him to his second career Stanley Cup.

Richards is a 29- year old native of Kenora, ON, Canada. He began his career in 2000.

He started his junior career with the Kenora Stars-NOHA 2000-2001, then moved on; 2001-2002 Kitchener Rangers-OHL , 2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers-OHL, 2003-2004Kitchener Rangers-OHL, 2003-2004 Canada-WJC-A, 2004-2005 Kitchener Rangers-OHL, 2004-2005 Canada-WJC-A, and 2004-2005 Philadelphia Phantoms-AHL.

He was drafted as first round 24th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003. He started his career with the Flyers in 2005. In his NHL debut with the Flyers he scored a goal in his first game on October 5, 2005, against the New York Rangers. Later in the season he scored his first career NHL hat trick, which included two shorthanded goals, against the New York Islanders on February 8, 2006. Richards finished his NHL rookie season with 34 points in 79 games, third among Flyers rookies. Before the 2008 season Richards was named the captain of the Flyers, up until then he was the alternate captain.

Richards was acquired by the Kings on June 23,2011 from Philadelphia with the rights to Rob Bordson for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Richards made a great impact on the Kings, especially because his experience and high speed energy, along with scoring goals helped the Kings reach the playoffs. Right before the playoffs at the trade deadline the Kings acquired Richards longtime colleague and friend Jeff Carter from the Flyers. Together they were a dynamic duo that helped the Kings reach their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2012.

Richards’s record speaks for himself. He won his first Stanley Cup on June 11, 2012 with Kings and his second with the Kings again on June 1, 2014. Richards has won a Memorial Cup (Kitchener Rangers – Jr A), World Juniors (Team Canada IIHF), Calder Cup (Philadelphia Phantoms), Olympic Gold (Team Canada), Prince of Wales Trophy (Philadelphia Flyers) and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, twice, (LA Kings). Based on the triple gold winners, he is the only player to win at Championships at Jr (CHL Memorial Cup) Minors (AHL) Professional Stanley Cup (NHL) and at Olympic and World Championship Levels (IIHF and IIHF World Juniors).

In 657 career NHL games he has recorded, 174 goals and 292 assists, a plus-28 rating, 538 penalty minutes, 49 power play goals, 28 shorthanded goals and 28 game winning goals.

In 124 playoff contests, he has recorded 26 goals and 61 assists, a minus-11 rating, 91 penalty minutes, eight power play goals, three shorthanded and three game winning goals.

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