Richardson at the 2013 AHL All Star game
March 26, 1969 |
Ottawa, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||7th overall, 1987
Toronto Maple Leafs
Luke Glen Richardson (born March 26, 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach who currently serves as head coach of the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL). Prior to his coaching career, Richardson played as a defenceman in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 21 seasons.
Luke Richardson was selected 7th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft after two successful seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Midway through his rookie NHL season, on January 6, 1988, Richardson was the victim of an infamous attack from Dino Ciccarelli of the Minnesota North Stars, who clubbed him over the head several times with his stick. Ciccarelli was later convicted of assault, serving one day in jail and paying a fine of $1000 (Canadian). However, the assault had no discernible effects on the play of Richardson. He remained a regular on the Toronto blueline until 1991 when he was involved in a blockbuster trade, moving to the Edmonton Oilers along with Vincent Damphousse, Scott Thornton, Peter Ing, future considerations, and cash in exchange for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube.
Though not a great point producer, Richardson developed a reputation as an aggressive, stay-at-home blueliner. He would be consistent in that regard during stops with the Oilers, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was with the Flyers that Richardson came the closest to a Stanley Cup appearance in 2000, when the Flyers lost 4–3 in the Eastern Conference Finals to the New Jersey Devils.
During the 2005–06 season, his last as captain of the Blue Jackets, Luke was traded back to Toronto on March 8, 2006.
Richardson continued playing in the 2006–07 season when he signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing in 27 games and registering 3 assists and 16 penalty minutes. Richardson was a healthy scratch by the end of the 2006–07 season and playoffs, and became an unrestricted free agent that summer.
On August 7, 2007, Richardson signed a one year, $500,000 two-way contract with his hometown Ottawa Senators, amid the speculation that he would soon announce his retirement from the NHL. On February 15, 2008, Richardson was named the Senators nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, though the award eventually went to Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On September 27, 2008, Richardson re-signed with Ottawa to a one year, two-way contract. During the 2008–09 season, and being used primarily as a reserve defenceman, Richardson announced his retirement as a player on November 27, 2008, having played in just two games that season, with the intentions of pursuing a coaching career. He was hired as an assistant coach by the Senators later that season. After three seasons as an assistant coach in Ottawa, Richardson joined the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa's top minor league affiliate, as head coach.
During his rookie season as head coach, Richardson led an inexperienced Binghamton team to a 44-24-1-7 record, finishing fourth in the AHL's Eastern Conference. He was named coach of the AHL Eastern Conference all-star team in 2012-13 after guiding the Senators to the conference's best record at the all-star break. The Senators' organization subsequently rewarded Richardson with a contract extension through the 2014-15 season.
On November 13, 2010, his daughter Daron committed suicide at the Richardson family home in Ottawa, Ontario. On November 18, 2010, 5,600 mourners attended a celebration of life ceremony for Daron at Scotiabank Place. Of note, the Philadelphia Flyers (one of Luke Richardson's former teams) held a moment of silence for Daron before their game against the Senators on November 15.
On February 2, 2011, Richardson and his family decided to raise awareness of teen suicide and depression in hopes of preventing further tragedies like this from occurring. Richardson, the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the Sens Foundation, and the Ottawa Senators announced the creation of a program to inspire conversations about youth mental health. Called Do it for Daron, the hope was to honour her memory while raising money to prevent teenage suicide.
During the 2011–12 Canada women's national ice hockey team season, his daughter Morgan was a member of the Canadian National Under 18 team that participated in a three game series vs. the USA in August 2011.
|1987–88||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||4||6||10||90||2||0||0||0||0|
|1988–89||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||55||2||7||9||106||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||67||4||14||18||122||5||0||0||0||22|
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||1||9||10||238||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||0||13||13||73||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||64||1||5||6||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||44||1||6||7||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||21||0||3||3||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||27||0||3||3||16||—||—||—||—||—|
- Played for Team Canada in the 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
- Played for Team Canada in the 1994 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
- Played for Team Canada in the 1999 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
- Captain (ice hockey)
- List of NHL players with 1000 games played
- List of NHL players with 2000 career penalty minutes
- Garrioch, Bruce (February 4, 2009). "Sens Notebook". Slam! Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- "Richardson named Sen's Masterton nominee". TSN. 2008-02-15. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
- "Richardson retires from NHL, eyes coaching role". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
- Baines, Tim (July 18, 2009). "Ottawa Senators re-sign Bingo coach Luke Richardson". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved July 19, 2009.
- "Daron Richardson honoured at Ottawa school". CBC News. February 8, 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
|Columbus Blue Jackets captain