Note: Brad Richards Is Playing In A Sandy Relief Game In AC Next Week

9:08AM: For more info, visit CSN PHILLY

8:31PM: Panaccio says that the rosters are Hartnell, Richards, Ryan, Timonen, Dan Carcillo, JVR, Williams, Gagne, Braydon Coburn, Ville Leino, Steve Eminger, Jeff Halpern, Brian Boyle, Jody Shelley and James Neal.

So the Rangers participating are Richards, Eminger, Halpern and Boyle.

8:10AM: According to Tim Panaccio, Scott Hartnell is putting together a game next week in Atlantic City to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The game will be at 7PM at the Boardwalk Hall.

Brad Richards is expected to be the captain of one of the teams.

Other NHLers playing in the game are Bobby Ryan, Kimmo Timonen, Simon Gagne, Justin Williams, James van Riemsdyk and more are expected to be announced.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

 

Note: Brad Richards Is Running A Clinic For Hurricane Victims on Staten Island

Details at Brad Richards.com

Note: Brad Richards and Teammates Are Planning To Help With Sandy Relief Tomorrow #SandyHelp

At TampaBay.com, Damien Cristodero spoke with Brad Richards who said that he is leaving Tampa Bay to return to New York and help in “any way we can” with the relief effort after Hurricane Sandy.

Richards told him “When it first happened, being in Manhattan with no power, you didn’t really know how bad it was. Now, being down here and seeing it on TV and seeing the stories about people who haven’t been helped yet, you can see how widespread the destruction was.”

Steve Eminger added “The whole city is pulling together. It’s not something we’re doing to get our names in the paper, it’s just something we’re doing.”

12:30PM: Sean Avery has been a HUGE help during the Sandy Relief, writes the NY Times

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Note: Brad Richards Is Heading Back To NY To Help With Sandy Relief #SandyHelp

There is also a rumor that Henrik Lundqvist is on his way back from Sweden.

Also skating in Tampa with Richards was Steve Eminger and Brian Boyle.

Richards has been called a better person than a hockey player.

Note: Brad Richards Is Trying To Grow The Game

Brad Richards recently held a wine tasting event to benefit his foundation, which has a mission statement of “The Brad Richards Foundation exists to provide exceptional experiences and treatment for children and families enduring chronic and life threatening illness. The foundation also supports the advancement of youth and amateur sports.”

Richards told Pat Leonard of the Daily News that he started work with his foundation and trying to grow the game down in Tampa, but that it is still hard to get time on the ice up here.

He said that he is donating some of the money to help build ice rinks in the Hamptons during the winter and help the game grow.

“If I can help or any of us can help grow the game by bringing more youths into it and helping them understand the game, it creates more fans. And that’s always been part of the mission of the foundation.”

Richards has been called a better person than a hockey player.

Note: Brad Richards Is A Better Person Than A Hockey Player

When Brad Richards was seven years old he lost his cousin and best friend Jamie (5 years old) to a brain tumor. To honor the memory of his friend, Richards set up the Brad Richards Foundation which “exists to provide exceptional experiences and treatment for children and families enduring chronic and life threatening illness.”

In a 2005 article in the St. Pete Times, Damian Cristodero writes:

There is a moment after every Lightning home game that reminds Brad Richards what truly is important.

It happens shortly after the final horn, when Tampa Bay’s star center walks into a room under the stands of the St. Pete Times Forum and into a world of smiles and thank yous.

It is when Richards meets the childhood cancer patients who watched the game from his suite.

Richards father Glen told the St. Pete Times “As the years went on, he thought about it and realized that, as a pro athlete, he could give back and always have Jamie’s memory.”

Stars Blog Laughs2Loud wrote about Richards when he first arrived in Dallas and came upon this story of what Richards did with the Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay.

As the Conn Smythe winner, Brad got to spend an extra day with the Stanley Cup.  For that day he brought the Cup to Tampa Bay and at 10AM that Tuesday, Richards invited his Richy’s Rascals to join him and the Stanley Cup at Game Works in Ybor City. The arcade was buzzing like a wet bee as the excitement level grew in the arcade/restaurant. Special friend Martin St. Louis dropped by to say hi to the gang. Coach John Tortorella came a little bit later, too. The children chomped on pizza and scooped up spoonfuls of ice cream….The boys and girls got their pictures taken with their heroes and the Stanley Cup. That morning, the Stanley Cup wore pizza sauce and ice cream too, but you know — it didn’t matter. A huge smile takes precedence over a good scrub every time.

His former GM Jay Feaster told The Hockey News “I love Brad like a son and I think the world of him. He’s just a wonderful young man who was raised the right way.”

His former teammate Marty St. Louis told a story of how he and Richards went to Toronto for the 2004 NHL awards and how Richards accompanied St. Louis to an early morning portion of the ceremony where the Lester B. Pearson award (which St. Louis was nominated for) was being handed out. St. Louis said “he came to the ceremony to support me- that just showed what kind of teammate and individual he was, because that morning wasn’t about him.”

St. Louis added “he’s a heck of a hockey player but he’s twice the person.”