Making Olympic debut in 2010 … 2008 NHL All-Star … Finalist for NHL’s Frank Selke Trophy (2009) … Team Canada alternate captain, 2006 WC … World junior gold (2005) and silver (2004) medallist … 2005 Calder Cup winner (Philadelphia Phantoms) … Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team (2003) … Won OHL Championship and Memorial Cup with Kitchener Rangers (2003).
Getting to know…
Son of Norm and Irene … Has two brothers, Matt and Mark … Nickname is Richie … Held Mike Richards Hockey School in hometown of Kenora, Ont., during summer of 2006 … Favourite NHL player growing up was three-time Olympian Joe Sakic … Favourite NHL team growing up was Vancouver … Would like to learn how to sail … Philadelphia’s 1st choice, 24th overall, in 2003 Entry Draft.
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Notable International Results
World Championship Results: 2006 (Riga, LAT): 4th
2009-10: Participated in Canada's National Men's Team orientation camp in August 2009 in Calgary ... Entered 5th NHL season with Philadelphia (and second as team captain) ... Hat trick vs. Washington in home opener was first by a Flyer in franchise history (10/6/09). 2008-09: Set career highs in goals (30), assists (50) and points (80) ... Led NHL with seven shorthanded goals ... First player in NHL history to score three career shorthanded goals with his team down two men ... Won second consecutive Bobby Clarke Trophy as team MVP, as selected by panel of sportscasters and sportswriters. 2007-08: Led all Philadelphia forwards in average ice-time (21:30) ... First career playoff goal came off a penalty shot in Game 3 of Eastern Quarterfinal against Washington (Cristobal Huet, 4/15/08) ... 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). 2006-07: Led Flyers in short-handed goals (4) ... Missed 23 games due to injuries (left shoulder, sports hernia/ surgery). 2005-06: Alternate captain at WC in Riga, LAT (4th) ... Recorded first career hat trick against NY Islanders, scoring two short-handed and one game-winning goal (2/8/06) ... Scored first career NHL goal in first career game, vs. NY Rangers' Kevin Weekes (10/5/05). 2004-05: Captured gold as team captain at Junior WC ... Won Calder Cup ... Registered 15 points in 14 playoff games with AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms, after joining the team following Kitchener's elimination from OHL playoffs. 2003-04: Won silver at Junior WC. 2002-03: Won gold medal with under-18 summer team at Eight Nations Cup in SVK. 2001-02: Earned bronze with Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Challenge in Stonewall, Man.