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Position Defence
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg/15 st 10 lb)
NHL Team
F. teams
Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
Nationality 22x20px Canada
Born March 26, 1969 (1969-03-26) (age 48),
Ottawa, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1987
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pro career 1987 – present

</div></div> Luke Richardson (born 26 March, 1969 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently a member of the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.

Playing careerEdit

Luke Richardson was selected 7th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He had come off of two stellar seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Halfway through his rookie season, on January 6, 1988 he was the victim of a vicious attack when Dino Ciccarelli of the Minnesota North Stars clubbed him in the head several times with his stick (Ciccarelli was convicted of assault, serving one day in jail and paying a fine of $1000 [Canadian]). However, the assault had no discernible effects on the play of Richardson, who lasted four years in Toronto, until in the summer of 1991, when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Vincent Damphousse, Scott Thornton, Peter Ing, future considerations and cash for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube.

Richardson never became a spectacular defenceman, he was just a tough stay-at-home blueliner who was quite aggressive. He would be consistent in that regard, with Edmonton, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was traded back to Toronto on March 8, 2006, and spent the 2006–07 NHL season with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Richardson didn't rack up that many points in 2006–07, but he still did fairly well in the 27 games he played while getting 3 assists and only 16 penalty minutes. Richardson was a healthy scratch for the end of the 2006–07 season and playoffs, and became an unrestricted free agent that summer.

On August 7, 2007, Richardson signed a one year, $500,000 two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators after most of the hockey world thought he would announce his retirement from the NHL. On February 15, 2008, Richardson was named the Senators nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, though the award eventually went to Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs. [1]

Richardson has played the 3rd most games among active players in the NHL, only trailing Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan. As well, he is the active player who has played the most games without winning the Stanley Cup, or even reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. The closest he came to a Cup Finals appearance was in 2000, when the Flyers lost 4–3 in the Eastern Conference Finals to the New Jersey Devils.

On September 27, 2008, Richardson re-signed with Ottawa to a one year, two-way contract.

AwardsEdit

Foligno ConnectionEdit

Played in Toronto with Mike Foligno, currently plays in Ottawa with Mike's son Nick Foligno.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Peterborough Petes OHL 63 6 18 24 57 16 2 1 3 50
1986–87 Peterborough Petes OHL 59 13 42 55 70 12 0 5 5 24
1987–88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 4 6 10 90 2 0 0 0 0
1988–89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 2 7 9 106
1989–90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 4 14 18 122 5 0 0 0 22
1990–91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 1 9 10 238
1991–92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 2 19 21 118 16 0 5 5 45
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 3 10 13 142
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 2 6 8 131
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 3 10 13 40
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 2 9 11 108
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 1 11 12 91 12 0 2 2 14
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 2 3 5 139 5 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 0 6 6 106
1999–2000 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 2 5 7 140 18 0 1 1 41
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 2 6 8 131 6 0 0 0 4
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 1 8 9 102 5 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 0 13 13 73
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 64 1 5 6 48
2004–05 Did not play (Lockout)
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 44 1 6 7 30
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 0 3 3 41
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 27 0 3 3 16
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 2 7 9 41
NHL Totals 1415 33 159 192 2012 69 0 8 8 130
OHL Totals 122 19 60 79 127 28 2 6 8 74

International playEdit

  • Played for Team Canada in the 1987 World Junior Championships.
  • Played for Team Canada in the 1994 World Championships.
  • Played for Team Canada in the 1999 World Championships.

International Statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1987 Canada WJC 6 0 0 0 0
1994 Canada WC 8 0 1 1 6
1996 Canada WC 8 0 0 0 12

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
Ray Whitney
Columbus Blue Jackets captains
200305
Succeeded by
Adam Foote
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