Why Mike Richards is a great captain
The debate rages on about young captains in the NHL. Vincent Lecavalier wore the C as a rookie, and it did not end well. Jonathon Toews wears the C as a 20-year-old, and he’s been a terrific leader for a dynamic Chicago club.
After 23-year-old Mike Richards was officially named captain of the Flyers this fall, Sam Donnellon on the Philadelphia Inquirer penned an entire story making the case for Kimmo Timonen. I have no argument that Timonen is one of the strongest leaders on this club, and the Finn is certainly the glue that binds the Flyers blueline together.
But if you want to know why Richards got the nod, watch this video. About 20 seconds in, you’ll hear the report ask Richards to describe what happened on his goal. Richards’ response?
“I didn’t score.”
Three words that speak volumes about Richards’ view on himself, the shootout, and scoring in the NHL.