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Michael Richards
Michael Richards
(RIH-chahrds, MIGH-kuhl)
Number: 18
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 196
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 11, 1985
Birthplace: Kenora, ON, Canada
Drafted: PHI / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (24th overall)
2009-10 Playoffs: Posted 7 goals and 16 assists for 23 points in 23 games.  Recorded an assist in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Chicago… Had 3 pts (1G,2A) in Game 5 of Eastern Conference Final vs. Montréal … Recorded an assist in Game 2…Posted nine points in Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Boston… Recorded first career 3-point playoff game in Game 1… Had 8 pts (2G,6A) in Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. New Jersey, doing so by posting two-point nights in four of the five games of the series.   
Regular Season: Winner of the Toyota Cup as the Flyer who accumulated the most points associated with being selected as a “Star of the Game.” Richards was named First Star seven times, Second Star five times and Third Star three times… Led the Flyers in points (62) and finished second in goals (31), a career high… Finished tied for third in assists (31)… Led the team in PPG (13), PPP (31) and tied for second in PPA (18)… Finished the regular season with three goals in his last three games… Had a six-game point streak (3G,6A) from 2/13-3/9… Had four points (1G,3A) at Tampa Bay on 3/2 (4th career 4+ point game)… Won a gold medal in his first Olympics, where he had five points (2G,3A) and was a +5 in seven games for Canada… His first goal at Calgary on 2/1 was his 100th in the NHL… Had a five-game point streak (6pts - 3G,3A) from 1/3-1/12… Had 12 multi-point games on the year (5 of which were three-point games)… Recorded a hat trick on 10/6, which was the first by a Flyer in franchise history in a home opener… Registered a five-game point streak (8pts - 6G,2A) to start the season 10/2-10/10. 2008-09: Recorded at least a point in five of six games in the Flyers’ ECQF series vs. PIT recording five points (1G,4A)... Tied for the team lead in playoff scoring… Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy (second consecutive season) as the team’s most valuable player, as selected by a panel of sportscasters and sportswriters… Set a new career highs in points (80), goals (30), assists (50) and point-scoring streak: 8 games (Oct. 28-Nov. 15, 9PTS, 1G,8A) and (Nov. 29-Dec.16, 15PTS, 7G,8A)… Set career highs in a single game in points (5), assists (4) and plus/minus (+5)… His 5-on-3 shorthanded goal at NYR on Feb. 15, marked his third career shorthanded goal on a 5-on-3 in his career becoming the first Flyer and first player in NHL history to score three goals while shorthanded on 5-on-3… On Feb. 21 vs. PIT, Richards tied the Flyers All-Time single season record for most shorthanded goals (7 -Brian Propp, & Mark Howe)… Led the NHL in shorthanded goals (7)… Led the team in assists (50) and power-play points (33)... He finished second in points (80) and plus/minus rating (+22)... Finished tied for third in goals (30)… Had a career-high five points (2G,3A), including a career-high +5 rating vs. Buffalo on Feb. 19... Recorded shorthanded goals in three consecutive games (Feb. 15-21), becoming the first players since Joe Sakic (COL, Oct. 15-24, 1998) to accomplish that feat… Posted back-to-back three point games on Dec. 16 vs. COL (1G,2A) and Dec. 13 vs. PIT (1G,2A). 2007-08: Scored a goal on a penalty shot, his first career NHL playoff goal, and an assist vs. Washington in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series on April 15…Is one of two Flyers to have a successful penalty shot in the playoffs (Eric Lindros at Buffalo on May 11, 1997)…Is one of only two players in NHL history to record their first career NHL playoff goal on a penalty shot (Minnesota’s Wayne Connolly in 1968)… Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team's most valuable player, selected by a panel of sportscasters and sportswriters…Recipient of the Gene Hart Memorial Award, presented annually to the Flyer who has the best rapport with the fans as voted by the Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club Board of Directors…Set new career high for goals in a season, for assists in a season and for points in a season…Led the team in assists (47), points (75, 25th in the NHL) and shorthanded goals (5, tied for third in the NHL)...Was tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (6)...Was first on the team in average time on ice among forwards (21:30)...Was second on the team in power play points (31) and in plus/minus (+14)...Was tied for second on the team in power play assists (23) and hits (110)...Was third on the team in shots with 212... Was scoreless at Pittsburgh on April 2, ending his six-game point-scoring streak (4G,3A – tied career high for point-scoring streak)...Named First Star at NY Rangers on March 25 after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime...Scored a goal and the game-determining goal in the shootout vs. NY Rangers on March 21...Missed nine games from Feb. 25 through March 12 due to a torn left hamstring sustained vs. Florida on Feb. 23 (team had a 5-2-2 record in the nine games that he missed)...Game vs. Florida on Feb. 23 was his 200th career NHL game...Was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team for first time (posted an assist in the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27)…Was scoreless vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 24, ending his five-game point-scoring streak (2G,6A) and four-game assist streak (6A - tied career high)...Was scoreless vs. Boston on Jan. 12, ending his 16-game point-scoring streak at home (tied team record)...Posted three assists at NY Rangers on Jan. 10, tying a career high for assists in a game...Scored the game-winning goal, while on the power play, at Toronto on Jan. 5 after being scoreless the previous three games (longest scoreless streak of the season)...His assist vs. Buffalo on Dec. 22 was his 24th assist of the season, setting a new career high for assists in a season...His assist vs. Montreal on Dec. 13 was his 35th point of the season, setting new career high for points in a season...Signed a 12-year contract extension on Dec. 13…Was named Second Star vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 11 after registering three assists, tying his career high for assists in a game...His third assist vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 11 was his 100th career NHL point...His goal vs. Washington on Nov. 23 was his 12th goal of the season to set new career high for goals in a season...Was scoreless at Carolina on Nov. 21, ending his career-high six-game point-scoring streak (3G,6A)...Registered three assists vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 10, tying his career high for assists in a game...Was named First Star at Vancouver on Oct. 10 after recording two goals and two assists...His four points at Vancouver on Oct. 10  were  a new career high.

2006-07: Led the team in shorthanded goals with four...Recorded 18 points (6G,12A) over his last 16 games of the season...Missed seven games from March 21 through April 5 due to a left shoulder separation sustained vs. Florida on March 20...Was scoreless vs. Florida on March 8, ending his four-game assist streak (4A)...Posted three assists at Buffalo on Feb. 20 (tied career high for assists in a game)...Missed 16 games from Dec. 12 through Jan. 13 recovering from surgery performed on Dec. 12 to repair a sports hernia...His goal vs. Columbus on Nov. 24 was his first goal of the season (ended his 40-game goalless streak)...Game vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 20 was his 100th career NHL game...Registered a career-high three assists at Los Angeles on Nov. 16...Was unsuccessful on penalty shot attempt against Buffalo's Ryan Miller on Oct. 17…2005-06: Was tied for first among NHL rookies in shorthanded goals with three...Was named First Star vs. NY Islanders on Feb. 8 after scoring his first career NHL hat trick (two shorthanded goals and the game-winning goal)...Was named First Star at NY Rangers on Jan. 30 after scoring a goal with 1:38 left to play in the third period to tie score at 2-2...Missed two games (Dec. 17 & 19) due to a head injury sustained vs. Vancouver on Dec. 15...Missed game vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 22 due to a sprained right wrist sustained in practice on Nov. 21...His shorthanded goal at Toronto on Oct. 22 was the Flyers' first shorthanded goal scored while two men down since Terry Carkner scored while two men short vs. Washington on Dec. 5, 1991...Posted two assists vs. New Jersey on Oct. 7, his first assists in the NHL and his first multiple-point game in the NHL...Scored his first career NHL goal in his first career NHL game vs. NY Rangers on Oct. 5…Junior Career: In four seasons with the Rangers (2001-02 through 2004-05), Richards registered 115 goals and 177 assists for 292 points and 308 penalty minutes in 233 regular season games…Served as Kitchener’s captain for two seasons (2003-04 and 2004-05)…2004-05: Posted 58 points (22G,36A) and 75 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL…Finished third on the team in assists and points and was tied for second in the OHL in shorthanded goals with five…Was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team…Won two categories ("Best on Faceoffs" and "Best Penalty Killer") in the OHL 2004-05 Coaches Poll – Western Conference…In 15 playoff games, Richards recorded 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points…His 28 points were third in the OHL as Kitchener advanced to Western Conference Championship series…At the conclusion of Kitchener’s season, Richards joined the Phantoms…Registered 15 points (7G,8A) in 14 playoff games…Was the captain of Team Canada at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championships, recording five points (1G,4A) in six games, as Canada won the gold medal…2003-04: Was named "third best player" across the Canadian Hockey League in Prospects Hockey’s "Top 35" Poll…Was named to the 2003-04 OHL Scholastic Team…Was Kitchener’s nominee for Bobby Smith Trophy as OHL Scholastic Player of the Year…Was first on team in goals (36, tied for 11th in the OHL), assists (53, tied for 11th in the OHL), points (89, seventh in the OHL), shorthanded goals (4) and was second on team in plus/minus (+21)…Was a member of Team Canada which captured the silver medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships…Tied for first in the tournament in plus/minus (+11)…Posted five points (2G,3A) in six games for Team Canada…Was named Best Penalty Killer in the OHL’s 2003-04 Coaches Poll - Western Conference…Played for the Western Conference in the 2004 OHL All-Star Classic…2002-03: Led Kitchener in goals (37) and points (87, 12th in the OHL)…Was tied for first on the team in assists with 50…Was named to the 2003 Memorial Cup All-Star Team after captured the 2003 Memorial Cup Championship…Was a member of Team Canada that won the gold medal at the 2002 Under-18 Eight Nations Cup…Ranked 30th among North American prospects on Central Scouting’s final report…International Career: Was the captain of Team Canada at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championships, recording five points (1G,4A) in six games, as Canada won the gold medal…Was a member of Team Canada which captured the silver medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships…Was a member of Team Canada that won the gold medal at the 2002 under-18 Eight Nations Cup.




1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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