Richter, who spent 15 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, was named a volunteer coach at Yale (where Richter is enrolled) on Tuesday.
St. Louis Blues center Doug Weight speaks eloquently and enthusiastically about fresh American stars entering the U.S. Olympic pipeline right up to the point where he and other veterans are passing that torch.
“These are good kids,” said Weight, grin emerging. “But I’m not ready to give up my spot to some young punk.”
The Flyers’ exhibition season was not supposed to start until next weekend, but that was before Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and turned a major U.S. city into a Third World-like disaster zone.
So the Flyers are adjusting their schedule and will play an intrasquad charity game Sunday at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. The game is set for 7 p.m. Sunday and tickets will be $10.
After 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, Vincent Damphousse is ready to call it a career. The veteran forward has called a news conference for Wednesday morning at which time he will announce his retirement from the game. In 1,378 NHL games with Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal and San Jose, Damphousse has 432 goals, 773, 1,190 penalty minutes and a plus-minus rating of plus-15.
Peter Bondra headlines the list of unrestricted free agents still looking for work but the real action these days is with the restricted free agents. NHL stars such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have yet to re-sign with training camps just around the corner.