Todd Richards (ice hockey)

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Todd Richards
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Born (1966-10-20) October 20, 1966 (age 47)
Crystal, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Genève-Servette HC (Swiss-B)
Orlando Solar Bears (IHL)
Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
Springfield Indians (AHL)
Hartford Whalers (NHL)
Fredericton Canadiens (AHL)
Sherbrooke Canadiens (AHL)
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1985
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1989–2002

Todd Michael Richards (born October 20, 1966 in Crystal, Minnesota) is an American ice hockey coach and former player. Currently, he is the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Richards was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the University of Minnesota for four seasons.

He began his professional career with the Sherbrooke Canadiens during the 1989–90 AHL season. After being traded early the next season to the Hartford Whalers organization, he helped the Springfield Indians win the 1991 Calder Cup. Richards also made his NHL debut during that season, playing two games and recording four assists for the Whalers. Richards spent two more seasons with the Indians before beginning to play in the IHL, spending two seasons with the Las Vegas Thunder, and six seasons with the Orlando Solar Bears. He ended his playing career in 2002 with the Genève-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing, Richards spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Admirals. The Admirals advanced to the playoffs each year. In 2004, Milwaukee won the Calder Cup, after sweeping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in four games.

On August 3, 2006, Richards became the fifth head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. During his first season, he guided Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 51-24-2-4 record and a second-place finish in the AHL’s East Division. The Penguins advanced to the East Division Finals before falling to the Hershey Bears.

Richards signed as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL for the 2008–09 season.

Richards became the second head coach in the history of the Minnesota Wild in June 2009, and the first native of Minnesota to hold the job. After two seasons as head coach and posting a record of 77-71-16, Richards was fired on April 11, 2011. In both seasons, the Wild were in playoff contention most of the season, but ended up missing the playoffs. [1] In June 2011, Richards had been hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant coach under head coach Scott Arniel. [2] After a poor first half of the season, Arniel was fired on January 9, 2012, and Richards was named as interim head coach.[3]

On May 14, 2012, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced the signing of Todd Richards to a two-year contract, making him the sixth full-time coach in team history. [4]

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost OTL Win % Finish Won Lost Result
MIN 2009-10 38 36 8 .513 4th in Northwest Division - - Failed to Qualify
MIN 2010-11 39 35 8 .527 3rd in Northwest Division - - Failed to Qualify
CBJ 2011-12 18 21 2 .461 5th in Central Division - - Failed to Qualify
CBJ 2012-13 24 17 7 .585 4th in Central Division - - Failed to Qualify
CBJ 2013-14 43 32 7 .573 4th in Metropolitan Division - - 1st Wildcard
Total 119 109 25 .522 0 Division
Championships
0 0 0 Stanley Cups


Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 1986–87
All-WCHA Second Team 1987–88
All-WCHA Second Team 1988–89
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1988–89

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wild hire Todd Richards as head coach". Associated Press. 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Richards Hired as Assistant". The Columbus Dispatch. 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  3. ^ "Blue Jackets fire coach Arniel, Assistant Richards takes over". TSN.ca. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets keeping Richards as coach". NHL.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joe Mullen
Head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
20062008
Succeeded by
Dan Bylsma
Preceded by
Jacques Lemaire
Head coach of the Minnesota Wild
200911
Succeeded by
Mike Yeo
Preceded by
Scott Arniel
Head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets
2012–present
Incumbent