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Bradley Glenn Richards (born May 2, 1980) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Early career

Born in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, he was raised in nearby Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Islandmarker. Richards has been friends with Vincent Lecavalier since the age of 14, when they met at Athol Murray College of Notre Damemarker, a boarding school with an excellent hockey program in Saskatchewanmarker, Canadamarker. They were roommates and soon became good friends as they were both the youngest players on their hockey team. Since then they have gone on to being teammates for the Rimouski OcΓ©anic and Tampa Bay Lightning. Lecavalier was also responsible for suggesting to the Lightning management after they had drafted him to draft Richards. Richards currently resides in Plano, Texasmarker.

Playing career

Richards with the Lightning in 2007
Richards was drafted in the 3rd round, 64th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, the same draft that produced future teammate and first overall pick, Vincent Lecavalier. He won 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 Canadamarker. Richards holds the record for game winning goals in a single playoff season with 7 in 2004, overtaking Joe Sakic's and Joe Nieuwendyk's record of 6. Sakic was his favorite player growing up.

Richards played for Ak Bars Kazan in the Russian Super League during the 2004–05 NHL lockout on a team with fellow NHL'ers Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexei Kovalev, Vincent Lecavalier, Michael Nylander, Alexei Zhitnik, Dany Heatley, and Nikolai Khabibulin.

Richards played for Team Canada in the 2006 Olympics.

After the team was eliminated from the 2006 playoffs, Richards signed a 5-year contract with the Lightning worth $39 million (US).

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 set a career high and made Stars franchise history by recording five assists in his first game as a Star. 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.

During the 2008–09 season, Richards tallied 16 goals and 48 points in 55 games before sustaining a broken right wrist following a check from Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jakub VorÑček on February 16, 2009. Richards met with a specialist the following day and missed 15 games.

Richards returned to the Dallas Stars lineup March 21, 2009 after missing 15 games because of a broken right wrist, but the former playoff MVP then broke his other hand in the third period of Dallas' loss to San Jose Sharks. He did not return for the rest of the 2008-2009 season.

Personal

During the offseason, he goes back to Prince Edward Islandmarker, 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.

Richards is also a well known wine aficionado. He is also a formally trained classical pianist and considers Shakespeare to be his all-time favorite playwright.

Awards



Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1996–97 Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 63 39 48 87 β€” 73 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1997–98 Rimouski OcΓ©anic QMJHL 68 33 82 115 +12 44 19 8 24 32 β€” 2
1998–99 Rimouski Oceanic QMJHL 59 39 92 131 +18 55 11 9 12 21 β€” 6
1999–00 Rimouski Oceanic QMJHL 63 71 115 186 +80 69 12 13 24 37 +6 16
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 21 41 62 -10 14 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 20 42 62 -18 14 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2002–03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 17 57 74 +3 24 11 0 5 5 -3 12
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 26 53 79 +14 12 23 12 14 26 +5 4
2004–05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 6 2 5 7 +2 16 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 23 68 91 0 32 5 3 5 8 -5 6
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 25 45 70 -19 23 6 3 5 8 -4 6
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 62 18 33 51 -25 15 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 12 2 9 11 -2 0 18 3 12 15 +1 8
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 56 16 32 48 -4 6 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
NHL totals 620 168 380 548 -61 139 63 21 41 62 -6 36


International play

Played for Canada in:

International statistics
Year Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 WJC 7 1 1 2 0
2001 WC 7 3 3 6 0
2004 WCH 6 1 3 4 0
2006 Oly 6 2 2 4 6
Senior int'l totals 19 6 8 14 6


References

  1. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=4004286
  2. Foundation


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