Stéphane Richer (ice hockey defenceman)
Stéphane Richer coaching the team of the Kassel Huskies
April 28, 1966 |
Hull, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Tampa Bay Lightning
Stéphane Jean-Gilles Richer (born April 28, 1966, in Hull, Quebec) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently works as general manager for the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
Richer spent most of his professional career playing in the minors, but did play parts of three seasons in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning (1992–93), Boston Bruins (1992–93), Florida Panthers (1993–94 and 1994–95). He played in 27 NHL games; his NHL totals are 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points and 20 penalty minutes.
Richer left North America in 1995 to play for Adler Mannheim. He remained with the team until the 2001–02 season. Richer spent his final season as a professional hockey player with the Frankfurt Lions before retiring in 2003.
Richer began his coaching career in 2003 as assistant coach of the Frankfurt Lions; he and new head coach Rich Chernomaz led the Lions to a fifth-place regular season finish and a surprise DEL championship in the 2003–04 DEL campaign, defeating the heavily favored Eisbären Berlin in the playoff finals. Richer left the Lions after the season and signed as assistant coach with Adler Mannheim. Midway through the 2004–05 season he succeeded Helmut de Raaf as head coach. In 2005 Mannheim fired Richer and replaced him with American Greg Poss. Several weeks later, he succeeded Bernhard Engelbrecht as head coach of the Kassel Huskies. On January 6, 2010, he signed a contract as general manager of the Hamburg Freezers, and on March 25, 2010, was named as the club's head coach as well. In December 2010, Richer relinquished the Freezers coaching job to Canadian Benoît Laporte.
- 1991–1992 AHL Second All-Star Team
- 1993–1994 IHL Second All-Star Team
- 1994–1995 IHL Second All-Star Team
- 1996–1997 DEL Champion
- 1997–1998 DEL Champion
- 1998–1999 DEL Champion
- 2000–2001 DEL Champion
- 2001–2002 DEL All-Star Game