Mike Richards talks leadership and wearing a letter in LA

Earlier today we posted comments from Kings coach Terry Murray regarding the leadership styles of Dustin Brown, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.

Now, Richards is back to weigh in with some thoughts on the whole subject…

While other guys may have the letters on their jersey, how long will it take you to establish a leadership role in the locker room?

“Leadership is not just one person,” Richards explained. “There’s one guy with the ‘C’ on his jersey and (others) with the ‘A’s, but I’ve always felt that it was a team effort. You can’t have enough experience in a dressing room. Everybody’s been in that position at some point. You don’t make it to the NHL without being some sort of leader. It might be somebody one night, Brownie the next night (or) Kopitar. It’s not always the same person voicing their opinion. If something needs to be said, I’m sure they’ll say it.”

And the role he’ll play in that process? “I just want to come in and focus on hockey. If something needs to be said or if somebody asks me a question, I’ll definitely I’ll answer,” said Richards.

For those who like to look for something that isn’t there, Richards made one thing perfectly clear – he doesn’t have any expectations of wearing the ‘C’ in Los Angeles…this season or anytime in the near future.

“Dustin’s done a great job of captaining this team for a couple of years now,” Richards said with great enthusiasm and conviction. “I’ve talked with a lot of players and I know how hard how he plays – I played against him for (two) years in Kitchener, when he was in Guelph (OHL). I’ve played against him a bunch of times during the regular season and at the Olympics last year. So, I know what type of leader he is and how hard he plays the game. I have no plan on doing anything other than coming in here and playing hockey.”

With or without a letter, does he feel pressure coming to Los Angeles with such a huge spotlight on him being shown on him this summer?

“No, I don’t feel pressure. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well. I’m not going to come in here and try to be something that I’m not. I’m not going to try and do things that I’m not used to doing. I’m going to come in here, play my game, try to be another piece of the puzzle here and help this team move forward in the right direction.”

Having been in the Eastern Conference for the past six seasons, who are the LA Kings? In his opinion, what’s the make-up of the nucleus he’ll be joining?

“I’ve heard a lot about how good this group is and how close they are as a group and what the room is like,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of that. They seem like they have a lot of fun. They’re a close-knit group. And I think that’s what you need to have success.”

More specifically, Richards said – “When you have a close-knit group, you would do pretty much anything for them on the ice, as you would off the ice.”

Usually, to be successful in the NHL, teams need a minimum of five high-end players – one goaltender, two centers and two defensemen.

The Kings had four of those pieces in place.

Now, with Richards, the puzzle may be complete.

This group should be ready for plenty of success in the upcoming season.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Jeremy Roenick on Dustin Brown as a captain

Kings GM Dean Lombardi evaluates Dustin Brown’s performance as captain

Exclusive – Jim Fox on the Kings trade for Mike Richards

LA Kings coach Terry Murray on leadership of Brown, Richards, Gagne

Westgarth and Clifford Preparing to Get (Biz) Nasty? – big talk from both sides

Coach Terry Murray already juggling his lines for next season

Richards ready for his first game as a King – talks ‘hatred’ of New York Rangers

Shop for Los Angeles Kings Gear at Shop.NHLcom!Shop.NHL.com

Recent Articles

Kings 2019 Rookie Camp Roster Preview; Kempe and Vilardi Notes

If you can hear the tick-tock of a clock nearby, that’s just time moving along at the slowest possible pace. Hockey will return — eventually — even though it still seems so far away.
Things will really start to get going just after Labor Day Weekend, with Rookie Camp opening a few days later, and then […]

TSN REPLAY: Hoven Talks Kings Fans, Lucic, Sharks, and NHL Summer News

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to discuss several NHL related topics, including: what Kings fans should be thinking heading into the 2019-20 season, Jacob Trouba exiting Winnipeg, Mike Modano gaining power in Minnesota, Todd McLellan arriving in Los Angeles, Sharks summer moves, Milan […]

Kings in Top Prospects Tournament, Turcotte Can’t Play, Vilardi Note

Despite it being the dog days of summer around the hockey world, a key event was officially announced this week. For the second year in a row, the NHL Rookie Faceoff – a tournament comprised of top prospects from six NHL teams – will be contested, this time in Irvine and hosted by the Anaheim […]

Major News Items

Dev Camp: Chatting Up Turcotte, Kaliyev, Other Kings Prospects

Below are some quick highlights from conversations with various LA Kings prospects at Day 1 of the team's annual Development Camp" Alex Turcotte Selected No. 5 (RD1) of 2019 NHL Draft - scouting notes here Expected … [Read More...]

More Prospect News