Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Todd Richards
Todd Richards was drafted out of Armstrong High School by the Montreal Canadiens in 1985. While the Canadiens picked Todd 33rd overall, he chose to attend the University of Minnesota before joining Montreal' s farm team in 1989. In 1990 Richards had an advantage going into training camp. Where other defensive prospects slowed down over the summer, Todd was busy practicing and playing with Team USA. The club participated in the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, winning the silver medal in the tournament.

The Canadiens had an added incentive for their 1990 camp, a chance to play on the preseason European tour. Richards was one of nine defensemen to be given the nod for the trip. He was given playing time in two games of the tour through Sweden and Russia. Unfortunately, a problem cropped up in a practice in Stockholm. Todd Richards experienced a tachycardia attack early in the practice. The ailment, brought about by stress related factors, means that a suffer experiences an unusually high heart rate. Fortunately, Dr. Douglas Kinnear, who knew about the condition, was present and restored Richards to normal through a neck message. Todd returned to finish the practice.

Whether it was the attack or the Canadiens defensive depth, Todd Richards was sent to Fredericton, of the American Hockey League. He had barely unpack when he found out the Canadiens had traded him to Hartford. Richards played two games during the season for Hartford and recorded four assists. Hartford kept him on the roster for their playoff series against Boston but lost in six games to the Bruins. For 1991-92 Todd Richards went scoreless in six games with the Whalers but came alive in the playoffs. In Hartford's seven game loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Richard was able to record his first NHL playoff point against the Habs. Todd finished the series with three assists against his old team.

Upon finishing with the Hartford organization in 1993, he played eight seasons in the International Hockey League with Las Vegas and Orlando. When the IHL concluded operations in 2001, Todd Richards moved to Switzerland to play for Geneve Servette HC.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Armstrong High School High-MN 24 10 23 33 24
1985-86 University of Minnesota WCHA 38 6 23 29 38
1986-87 University of Minnesota WCHA 49 8 43 51 70
1987-88 University of Minnesota WCHA 34 10 30 40 26
1988-89 University of Minnesota WCHA 46 6 32 38 60
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 71 6 18 24 73 5 1 2 3 6
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 2 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 3 0 1 1 2
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 2 0 4 4 2 -4 6 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Springfield Indians AHL 71 10 41 51 62 14 2 8 10 2
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 6 0 0 0 2 -2 5 0 3 3 4
1991-92 Springfield Indians AHL 43 6 23 29 33 8 0 3 3 2
1992-93 Springfield Indians AHL 78 13 42 55 53 9 1 5 6 2
1993-94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 80 11 35 46 122 5 1 4 5 18
1994-95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 80 12 49 61 130 9 1 2 3 6
1995-96 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 81 19 54 73 59 23 4 9 13 8
1996-97 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 82 9 36 45 134 10 0 1 1 4
1997-98 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 75 6 37 43 68 +20 17 3 8 11 13
1998-99 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 67 11 26 37 61 +13 16 3 7 10 14
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 43 7 18 25 26 +11 6 0 5 5 4
2000-01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 75 9 28 37 60 -3 16 2 11 13 8
2001-02 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss-2 34 11 26 37 18
NHL Totals 8 0 4 4 4 11 0 3 3 6


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1987, 1988, 1989)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1989)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1994)
IHL First All-Star Team (1995, 1996)
Governors' Trophy (IHL - Outstanding Defenseman) (1995)
Traded to Hartford by Montreal for future considerations, October 11, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Geneve-Servette (Swiss-2), July 24, 2001.
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