Defenseman Barry Richter was selected in the second round, 32nd overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Richter was chosen while still attending Culver Academy high school in Madison, Wisconsin.
In the fall of 1989, Richter accepted a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, where he played for four years and earned numerous individual accolades, including being named 1992 NCAA Championship All-Star Team. In his freshman season, the school won the 1990 NCAA championship title.
Richter also represented the United States at the 1989 and 1990 World Junior Hockey Championships and played in the World Championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994. The highlight of his international career came in 1994 when he earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Richter played a total of 151 NHL games over five seasons with the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens.
After his days in the NHL, Richter headed to the Swedish Elite League.