Stéphane Richer (ice hockey defenceman)

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Stéphane Richer
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Stéphane Richer coaching the team of the Kassel Huskies
Born (1966-04-28) April 28, 1966 (age 50)
Hull, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Tampa Bay Lightning
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1987–2004

Stéphane Jean-Gilles Richer (born April 28, 1966, in Hull, Quebec) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who worked as general manager for the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga until May 2016.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1]

Richer left North America in 1995 to play for Adler Mannheim in Germany. He won the German championship with the Adler squad in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001 and 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.

Coaching career[edit]

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. Richer guided the Huskies to promotion to the German top-tier Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in 2008.[2]

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.[3] In December 2010, Richer relinquished the Freezers coaching job to Canadian Benoît Laporte. In 2014, Richer was named DEL Manager of the Year.[4] He signed a contract extension with the Freezers that would keep him with the club until 2019.[5] However, in May 2016, the Freezers folded: Richer, the staff and the players became free agents.[6]

Awards and Achievement[edit]

  • 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
  • 2014 Deutsche Eishockey Liga Manager of the Year


  1. ^ "Stephane Richer". Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  2. ^ Hamburg, Hamburger Abendblatt -. "Freezers: Stéphane Richer neuer Sportdirektor". (in German). Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Richer auch Freezers-Trainer". (in German). Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Offizielle Homepage der Hamburg Freezers". Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  5. ^ GmbH, Perform Media Deutschland (2015-09-29). "Richer bis 2019 bei den Freezers – Sport –". Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Former NHLer Schubert's last-ditch effort to save Hamburg Freezers fails, DEL team folds | The Hockey News". Retrieved 2016-05-29. 

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