Friday, January 21, 2011

Todd Richards

Sent: 10/29/10
Received: 1/20/11
Time: 83 Days
Address: c/o Minnesota Wild
Item Sent: 1991-92 Upper Deck, 1992-93 Topps
Item Received: 1991-92 Upper Deck, 1992-93 Topps.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

Todd Richards is not the best NHL player that my high school (Robbinsdale Armstrong in Plymouth, Minnesota) produced -- that would be Jordan Leopold -- but he is the first Falcons alumni to become a head coach!  He enjoyed a fine high school career under the tutelage of the legendary Bruce Johnson (longtime Armstrong hockey coach and the father of one of my closest friends), and went on to serve as captain for the University of Minnesota.  He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and had a couple NHL cups of coffee with the Hartford Whalers during a long pro career (mostly spent in the AHL and IHL).  Prior to the 2009-10 season, he was introduced as the second head coach in Minnesota Wild history.

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