Mike Richards on LA Kings first game – ‘hatred’ for Rangers, ready to fight Brandon Dubinsky again

Richards v Dubinsky (Photo by Bob Fina)

Drafted 24th overall by Philadelphia in 2003, Canadian Mike Richards played two more years of junior hockey before making his NHL debut for the Flyers.

The night was October 5, 2005 and they were playing the New York Rangers.

In the second period of that game, Richards scored what was described as a ‘hard-fought goal’ – taking an outlet pass from Eric Desjardins, outmuscling defenseman Fedor Tyutin and lifting a shot over Kevin Weekes‘ left shoulder – to put the Flyers up 3-1.

It was his first NHL goal and it came against the team he went on to play 36 more times over the next six seasons.

He amassed 11 more goals against those Rangers – his second highest total against any team in the league.  And his 64 penalty minutes vs. Broadway’s Blueshirts are 20 more than he’s incurred against any other NHL club.

Now that he’s a member of the Los Angeles Kings, a Western Conference team, that’s all behind him, right?  Not so fast.

Life will come full circle on Friday, October 7th – when he makes his official debut as a member of the Kings in game one of the 2011-12 NHL season.

Their opponent? Yes, the New York Rangers.

He wasted no time jumping in with both feet when I asked him about the match-up earlier today – “Well, I didn’t think I was going to have to fight (Brandon) Dubinsky anymore. I’ve already fought him five times. I can’t get rid of this guy,” Richards said.

“It’s going to be interesting. We had a great rivalry over the past couple of years, a ton of great games against them. Like I said before, about LA and New York, there’s always a buzz when you play the Rangers…whenever you play them it just sticks with you and there’s a hatred there because guys compete so hard against each other. It’s going to be a good start. It’s not going to be hard to kinda get up for it. I know everybody on that team and how they play. So, I think it’s going to make it easier.”

Is it October yet?

Hockey already sounds so good.

RELATED ARTICLES:

Flyers Ian Laperriere speaks out on Mike Richards vs. Chris Pronger

Exclusive – Jim Fox on the Kings’ acquisition of Mike Richards

No June Gloom from Dustin Penner – talking trades and other roster moves

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

TSN REPLAY: Hoven Breaks Down NHL Playoffs and Kings Future Outlook

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined hosts Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph to discuss several LA Kings related topics – including prospects, NHL roster changes, and possible mini-camps coming up in the next few months. They also spoke about the NHL returning soon, including teams to watch […]

SPORTSNET REPLAY: Hoven talks NHL Return to Play and UFC 251 on Fight Island

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio, where he joined host Roger Lajoie in Toronto to talk a plethora of topics surrounding the NHL’s Return to Play plan, as well as this weekend’s UFC 251 card scheduled to take place on Fight Island.
Today’s radio segment can be heard using the […]

Kings Of the Podcast: Ep. Q3 with Rob Blake, LA Kings GM

Los Angeles Kings General Manager — and Hockey Hall of Famer — Rob Blake stops by for the latest Kings of the Podcast episode.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy this far reaching conversation and learn all sorts of things. We talked about his playing days, his inner circle, the next AGM in LA, the coaching search […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Quinton Byfield, OHL Forward

One of Dean Lombardi’s most impactful picks came in the form of Drew Doughty at second overall. Twelve years later, the Kings would benefit if the lottery provided the same courtesy. According to Tankathon, Los … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.

Comments

  1. thelexsters says: