Brad Richards announces retirement from the NHL

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Brad Richards is officially hanging up his skates.

Richards, 36, spent 15 seasons in the NHL and suited up for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and most recently, the Detroit Red Wings.

He is a two time Stanley Cup champion (2004 with Tampa Bay, 2015 with Chicago) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player during the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Richards signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings last summer and scored 10 goals along with 18 assists in 68 games played during the 2015-16 season. He finishes his career with 298 goals and 932 career points. His best offensive output came during the 2009-10 season with the Stars, scoring 24 goals to go with 67 assists.

The Prince Edward Island native was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning 64th overall in the third round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He also represented Canada internationally, helping them to a World Cup of Hockey championship in 2004. He was a member of the NHL’s all-rookie team during the 2000-01 season, and also won the 2004 Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship. .


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