Brad Richards earns respect off the ice

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New York Times piece outlines P.E.I. hockey player's help during hurricane Sandy relief

New York Rangers’ Brad Richards skates during training camp Saturday, Sept. 17, in Tarrytown N.Y.

The New York Times has a feature story on P.E.I.'s Brad Richards today -- but it's not about his exploits on the ice.

The NHL season is on hold during a players' lockout, but the New York Rangers forward has apparently been keeping busy.

"Brad Richards, the son of lobster fishers in Prince Edward Island, joined the Rangers just 17 months ago, but he is definitely a New Yorker now. In the days after hurricane Sandy, he has been a frequent volunteer in hard-hit parts of the city, gutting flood-damaged homes in Queens and helping to organize a benefit hockey clinic on Staten Island," the article begins.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEW YORK TIMES STORY ON BRAD RICHARDS

The Times reports that Richards will captain a team in a charity hockey game in Atlantic City Saturday to benefit families affected by the storm.

He has also been working on gutting flood-damaged houses on a volunteer crew with hockey teammates Marian Gaborik, Steve Eminger and members of the public. Richards also helped organize a skating clinic on Staten Island, which raised $14,000 for flood relief. After the clinic, Richards and his teammates served as volunteer bartenders in yet another benefit, raising $15,000.

Richards' apartment in the TriBeCa neighbourhood in the Big Apple escaped damage, but, he told the New York Times, the work he's doing for those who were impacted is "What anyone in my position should do."

Organizations: New York Times, New York Rangers, NHL New Yorker The Times Big Apple

Geographic location: Staten Island, Prince Edward Island, Queens Atlantic City

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  • Debbie
    November 26, 2012 - 06:07

    Very proud to say you're from the Harbour Brad....keep up the great work!!!

  • SG
    November 23, 2012 - 23:19

    Brad you sure make me proud to be an Islander! Way to Go !

    • jason arsenault
      November 24, 2012 - 12:05

      Brad you make everyone of us Islanders proud . Your leadership and contributions to the less fortunate show the true spirit of all of us Islanders. Thank-You for being such a great ambassodor of comunity spirit you are a true gentleman. have you ever thought of going into politics after hockey the goverment would be a lot better with you in it. LOL

  • good
    November 23, 2012 - 15:38

    I think he has come alive living in the big apple. Good for him, no time like when you are young to spread your wings, learn about life and enjoy it all. And a big city is a good way to do just that.