Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Richards
Mike Richards was born February 11, 1985 in Kenora, Ontario. The first round, 24th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Richards is a graduate of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers.

A solid two-way player, Richards went on to play four seasons in the OHL with Kitchener registering 292 points (115-177-292) and leading the club to the 2003 OHL and Memorial Cup titles.

Following a successful junior career, Richards joined the Flyers AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms for the post season and was a key contributor in helping the club capture the 2005 Calder Cup title. Richards would make his NHL debut with the Flyers during the 2005-06 season. After a stellar rookie year in the NHL in which Richards finished with 34 points in 79 games, the former Kitchener Ranger fought threw a pair of injuries throughout the 2006-07 season and managed to produce 32 points in 59 games on a struggling Flyer team.

A rebuilt Flyers squad returned to action in 2007-08 and Richards was identified as one of the cornerstones of the franchise. He was handsomely awarded for his dedication to the team with a 12-year $69 million dollar contract in mid-December, 2007. Richards went on to set new career highs in goals, assists and points that year as the Flyers went on an unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Final.

Just prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, Richards was named the 17th captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, succeeding Jason Smith who signed in the off-season with the Ottawa Senators.

On the international stage, Richards captained team Canada to the 2005 World Junior Championship gold medal, suited for Canada at the 2006 World Championships in Riga, Latvia and was part of the Canadian team that captured gold on home soil at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Having signed a long-term contract with the Flyers back in 2007 and serving as the club's captain since 2008, it was assumed by many that Mike Richards would spend his entire career in the orange and white. That notion was quickly put to rest on June 23, 2011 when Richards was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn.

In his first season in Los Angeles, Richards was a key part of the Kings club that stormed through the Western Conference playoffs and defeated the New Jersey Devils to capture the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Along the way Richards chipped in with strong two-way, physical play and 15 points in 20 playoff games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2000-01 Kenora Stars NOHA 85 76 73 149 20
2001-02 Kitchener Rangers OHL 65 20 38 58 52 +10 4 0 1 1 6
2002-03 Kitchener Rangers OHL 67 37 50 87 99 +35 21 9 18 27 24
2002-03 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 4 2 3 5 8
2003-04 Kitchener Rangers OHL 58 36 53 89 82 +21 1 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Canada WJC-A 6 2 3 5 2 +11
2004-05 Kitchener Rangers OHL 43 22 36 58 75 +9 15 11 17 28 36
2004-05 Canada WJC-A 6 1 4 5 2 +6
2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 14 7 8 15 28
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 11 23 34 65 +6 6 0 1 1 0
2005-06 Canada WC-A 9 3 2 5 10 +1
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 10 22 32 52 -12
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 28 47 75 76 +14 17 7 7 14 10
2008-09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 30 50 80 63 +22 6 1 4 5 6
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 31 31 62 79 -2 23 7 16 23 18
2009-10 Canada Olympics 7 2 3 5 0 +5
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 23 43 66 62 +11 11 1 6 7 15
2011-12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 18 26 44 71 +3 20 4 11 15 17
2012-13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 12 20 32 42 -8 15 3 9 12 8
2013-14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 11 30 41 28 -6 26 3 7 10 17
NHL Totals 657 174 292 466 538 124 26 61 87 91


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2003) OHL Second All-Star Team (2005) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2005) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2008) Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia with the rights to Rob Bordson for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and Los Angeles' 2nd round choice (later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Devin Shore) in 2012 Entry Draft, June 23, 2011.