Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Richard
Mike Richard was signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals on October 9, 1987. Richard had played his junior hockey in Toronto, Ontario but had failed to latch on with a professional club due to his size. Just before the 1987 Washington training camp Richard' s father died of cancer with the dream of seeing his son in the NHL unrealized. Richard dedicated himself to signing with the team and securing a spot on their Baltimore farm team.

Mike performed marvelously in Binghamton. By Christmas time he was threatening the American Hockey League record for consecutive game scoring. Washington, hurt by injuries, left him in the AHL until his streak ended at a record 31 games. When the call up arrived, Richard said, " I'm still learning and I don't think I'm ready to go up now. "Ready or not, Richard was in the NHL. His first game came on December 28, 1987 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Coach Bryan Murray seemed to like what he saw when he said," I like Mike Richard; he tried to do some things on the power play and he moved the puck pretty well. "After four games he was returned to the minors. A pleased Richard stated, "I was happy with the way I played and they told me they were happy, that I'll be back this year. I learned a lot and it was good experience for me".

Mike earned the AHL rookie-of-the-year honor and improved in his sophomore year. By 1989 he was gunning for a place on the Capitals. The team included him on their preseason European tour where he responded by scoring two goals during the Karlstad, Sweden stop. It was not until January 1990 that Mike Richard was given his second tryout. On January 16, 1990, Richard notched his first point by assisting on Steve Leach's 13th goal. Richard added another assist to his totals before being returned to the AHL. In the fall Mike Richard left the Capitals to play in Switzerland. With the exception of one season in Italy, Richard has stayed in that country, most recently with SC Rapperswil-Jona.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Don Mills Flyers MTHL 40 25 30 55 10
1983-84 Toronto Marlboros OHL 66 19 17 36 12 9 2 1 3 0
1984-85 Toronto Marlboros OHL 66 31 41 72 15 5 0 0 0 11
1985-86 Toronto Marlboros OHL 63 32 48 80 28 4 1 1 2 2
1986-87 Toronto Marlboros OHL 66 57 50 107 38
1986-87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 9 5 2 7 2
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -1
1987-88 Binghamton Whalers AHL 72 46 48 94 23 4 0 3 3 4
1988-89 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 80 44 63 107 51
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 3 0 2 2 0 0
1989-90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 53 41 42 83 14 11 4 13 17 6
1990-91 Zurcher SC Swiss 36 28 23 51 4 1 5 6 4
1991-92 HC Devils Milano Alpenliga 18 18 26 44 4
1991-92 HC Milano Saima Italy 18 20 26 46 4 12 7 11 18 4
1992-93 EHC Olten Swiss-2 36 46 46 92
1993-94 EHC Olten Swiss 35 29 19 48 50
1994-95 EHC Olten Swiss-2 32 31 38 69 62
1995-96 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 36 27 38 65 14 4 0 3 3 7
1996-97 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 41 17 31 48 30 3 1 0 1 0
1997-98 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 22 12 19 31 25 7 5 4 9 4
1998-99 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 41 26 32 58 49 5 1 2 3 2
1999-00 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 45 23 29 52 42 6 3 4 7 10
2000-01 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 43 20 31 51 26 4 0 1 1 2
2001-02 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 38 11 26 37 22 5 3 2 5 6
2002-03 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 2 0 1 1 0
2003-04 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 26 16 16 32 4 8 3 5 8 2
2004-05 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 2 0 0 0 2
2005-06 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 32 8 15 23 20 2 0 1 1 0
2006-07 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 1 0 1 1 0
2007-08 Elmira Jackals ECHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 7 0 2 2 0


Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1988)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1990)
Signed as a free agent by Washington, October 9, 1987.
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