Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean-Marc Richard
Jean-Marc Richard signed with the Quebec Nordiques in April 1987. Richard had been selected for the QMJHL First Team All-Stars in the previous two seasons. In his last year of junior he played in the Memorial Cup with the host team, Chicoutimi Sagueneens. The slick puck handling defenseman began the 1987-88 term with the Nordiques farm team, the Fredericton Express. By mid-season Quebec was slumping badly and needed a jolt. Jean-Marc, although regarded as small for defensemen, was picked for promotion.

Jean-Marc scored his first goal on February 2, 1988 in a home game against the Buffalo Sabres. He bulged the twine against Tom Barrasso and tied the score at 2. Unfortunately, the Sabres won the games 6-3, which extended the Nordiques losing streak to three games. Two nights later he added a holding penalty to his stats, followed closely by a two point effort in a 5-5 game with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The NHL All-Star break ended Richard's stay with the Nordiques. Richard moved to the Halifax Citadels the next season as Quebec shifted their farm team to the Nova Scotia capital. Jean-Marc returned to the Nordiques for his last NHL game during the 1989-90 season before finishing out his contract in 1991.

The Fort Wayne Komets signed the free agent for the last game of the season and the playoffs. The Komets lost out in the finals to the Peoria Rivermen. In the following regular season Richard finished third in team scoring and was awarded the IHL Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie. In his final season in Fort Wayne the team won the Turner Cup. Jean-Marc Richard was an original Las Vegas Thunder in 1993 and earned a First Team All-Star nod for his season. He left the team in 1996 to return to Quebec to join the Rafales. Since 1997 Richard has plied his trade in Europe, first with the Frankfurt Lions and in 2001-02 with the Sterzing Broncos in Italy.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 47 2 7 9 22 5 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 61 1 20 21 41
1984-85 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 68 10 61 71 57 14 4 8 12 23
1985-86 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 72 20 87 107 111 9 3 5 8 14
1986-87 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 67 21 81 102 105 18 6 25 31 28
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 4 2 1 3 2 -3
1987-88 Fredericton Express AHL 68 14 42 56 52 7 2 1 3 4
1988-89 Halifax Citadels AHL 57 8 25 33 38 4 1 0 1 4
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1989-90 Halifax Citadels AHL 40 1 24 25 38
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 80 7 41 48 76
1990-91 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 1 0 0 0 0 19 3 9 12 8
1991-92 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 82 18 68 86 109 7 0 5 5 20
1992-93 San Diego Gulls IHL 6 1 0 1 4
1992-93 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 52 10 33 43 48 12 6 11 17 6
1993-94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 59 15 33 48 44 5 0 3 3 0
1994-95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 81 16 41 57 76 10 0 3 3 4
1995-96 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 82 12 40 52 92 15 1 7 8 23
1996-97 Quebec Rafales IHL 56 8 26 34 31 9 1 1 2 10
1997-98 Frankfurt Lions Germany 48 4 17 21 40 7 1 2 3 2
1998-99 Frankfurt Lions Germany 49 8 18 26 74 8 1 0 1 12
1998-99 Frankfurt Lions EuroHL 6 0 1 1 6
1999-00 Frankfurt Lions Germany 56 4 23 27 36 5 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Frankfurt Lions Germany 40 6 16 22 45
2001-02 HC Sterzing Broncos Italy 22 6 6 12 22
2001-02 Pont-Rouge Grand Portneuf QSPHL 14 5 3 8 17
2002-03 Pont-Rouge Grand Portneuf QSPHL
NHL Totals 5 2 1 3 2


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1986, 1987)
IHL First All-Star Team (1992, 1994)
Governors' Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman - IHL) (1992)
Signed as a free agent by Quebec, April 13, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Fort Wayne (IHL), September, 1991.
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