Travis Richards

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Travis Richards
Born (1970-03-22) March 22, 1970 (age 44)
Crystal, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Grand Rapids Griffins
Dallas Stars
National team  United States
NHL Draft 169th overall, 1988
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1993–2006

Travis John Richards (born March 22, 1970) is a former professional ice hockey defenseman. Richards graduated from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minnesota in 1988. Richards was a member of the University of Minnesota Gophers hockey program before making his professional debut during the 1993-94 season. A child psychology major, Richards would spend four years at the University of Minnesota where his brother Todd was a Gopher from 1985 to 1989. Earning WCHA Second Team All-Star honors on defense in 1992 and in 1993, Richards would join the US National Team at the 1993 World Championships at the end of his senior year. Drafted by the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League in the ninth round (169th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Richards played only three games in the NHL for the Dallas Stars [1]. On July 26, 1996, Richards became the second player ever to sign with the Grand Rapids Griffins, then of the International Hockey League, now of the American Hockey League. Richards played in each of the team's first ten seasons and became team captain in 2001. He holds the record for most career games as a Griffin with 642. Richards's number 24 was retired by the Griffins upon his retirement, becoming the first number retired by the club [2]. He is currently the hockey director at The Edge Ice Arena in Holland, Michigan.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 U. of Minnesota NCAA 45 4 24 28 38 - - - - -
1990–91 U. of Minnesota NCAA 45 9 25 34 28 - - - - -
1991–92 U. of Minnesota NCAA 44 10 23 33 65 - - - - -
1992–93 U. of Minnesota NCAA 42 12 26 38 54 - - - - -
1993–94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 19 2 10 12 20 4 1 1 2 0
1994–95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 63 4 16 20 53 15 1 5 6 12
1994–95 Dallas Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
1995–96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 65 8 15 23 55 9 2 2 4 4
1995–96 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
1996–97 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 77 10 13 23 83 5 1 3 4 2
1997–98 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 81 12 20 32 70 3 1 1 2 4
1998–99 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 82 9 23 32 84 - - - - -
1999–00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 71 5 23 28 47 17 1 7 8 16
2000–01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 75 5 30 35 42 10 0 5 5 8
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 72 6 23 29 36 5 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 73 6 21 27 52 15 0 4 4 6
2003–04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76 2 22 24 48 4 1 0 1 2
2004–05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 35 1 3 4 30 - - - - -
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 13 0 4 4 10 - - - - -
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 1991–92
All-WCHA Second Team 1992–93

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Corwin Saurdiff
WCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
1993
Succeeded by
Chris McAlpine