Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Travis Richards
Travis Richards was born March 20th, 1970 in Crystal, Minnesota. The 6th choice, 169th overall of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Richards was a member of the University of Minnesota Gophers hockey program before making his professional debut during the 1993-94 season.

A child psychology major, Richards would spend four years at the University of Minnesota where his brother Todd was a Gopher from 1985 to 1989. Earning WCHA Second Team All-Star honours on defense in 1992 and in 1993, Richards would join the US National Team at the 1993 World Championships at the end of his senior year.

Richards would join the US National Team for the 1993-94 season and compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehamer, Norway, before finishing the season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the International Hockey League.

Todd Richards would make his NHL debut with the Dallas Stars during the 1994-95 season, after having his rights transferred to Dallas from Minnesota after the franchise relocated in the summer of 1993. Although he would make his NHL debut with the Stars, Richards would only see action in two regular season games, while spending the majority of the year with Kalamazoo.

The 1995-96 season saw Richards spend the better part of the season with the Michigan K-Wings, seeing very limited action with the Stars, before joining the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL for the 1996-97 season.

As of the 1996-97 season, Travis Richards has been a main stay on the Grand Rapids blue line, leading his team to the 2000 Turner Cup finals, falling short to the 1998 champion Chicago Wolves.

Throughout his career, Travis Richards has played in three National Hockey League games, being held pointless in all three games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Armstrong High School High-MN 22 6 16 22 20
1987-88 Armstrong High School High-MN 24 14 14 28
1988-89 Armstrong High School High-MN
1989-90 University of Minnesota WCHA 45 4 24 28 38
1990-91 University of Minnesota WCHA 45 9 25 34 28
1991-92 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 10 22 32 65
1992-93 University of Minnesota WCHA 42 12 26 38 52
1992-93 United States WC-A 5 0 1 1 0
1993-94 United States Nat-Tm 51 1 11 12 38
1993-94 United States Olympics 8 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 19 2 10 12 20 4 1 1 2 0
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 63 4 16 20 53 15 1 5 6 12
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
1995-96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 65 8 15 23 55 9 2 2 4 4
1996-97 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 77 10 13 23 83 5 1 3 4 2
1997-98 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 81 12 20 32 70 +10 3 1 1 2 4
1998-99 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 82 9 23 32 84 -3
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 71 5 23 28 47 +29 17 1 7 8 18
2000-01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 75 5 30 35 42 +38 10 0 5 5 8
2001-02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 72 6 23 29 36 +15 5 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 73 6 21 27 52 +31 15 0 4 4 6
2003-04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76 2 22 24 48 +1 4 1 0 1 2
2004-05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 35 1 3 4 30 0
2005-06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 13 0 4 4 10 +8
NHL Totals 3 0 0 0 2


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1992, 1993)
IHL FIrst All-Star Team (1995, 1996)
Governors' Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman - IHL) (1995)
IHL Second All-Star Team (2001)
Rights transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 13, 2001.
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