Former Badger Mike Richter Retires

Rangers netminder calls it a career due to injuries

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Mike Richter, a star goalie for the University of Wisconsin, officially retired Thursday, almost 10 months to the day of his last NHL game.

Richter hung up his skates after a 14 seasons with the New York Rangers, compiling a 301-258-73 record and a 2.89 goals against average. He holds eight regular-season records with the Rangers, including the all-time career marks for victories, appearances (666) and minutes played (38,185). In 1994, Richter led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup title in 54 years.

Among Richter's many accomplishments:

  • Led USA Hockey to silver medal in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the first medal for the U.S. men's hockey team since 1980. Richter compiled a 2-1-1 record during the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team.
  • Participated in two other Olympics, in 1998 and 1988.
  • Earned MVP honors at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey for his performance in net for Team USA. He was 5-1 with a .923 save percentage and 2.43 GAA.
  • Richter's best NHL season came in 1993-94, when he recorded a franchise-best 42 regular-season victories and a career-best 2.57 goals-against average.
  • Won NHL All-Star MVP Honors in 1994.
  • His 301 wins are third-most all-time for American goalies and his 2.89 GAA ranks fourth.
  • Won USA Hockey's Bob Johnson Award for excellence in international hockey in 1991-92 and 1996-97. He is the only player to win the award twice.

Richter's last full season was in 2001-02, when he 24-26-4. He missed the last nine games of the season after his skull was broken by a shot that ricocheted off his face mask. Richter returned to the ice last season, but suffered a concussion Nov. 5 that eventually ended his career. Richter was 5-6-1 in 2002-03 with a 2.94 GAA.

The Rangers announced Thursday that they would retire Richter's number Feb. 4.


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