My favorite players of all time , Mike Richter , will be entering the U.S Hall Of Fame , Along with one of the greatest defense- men and hockey players of all time Brian Leetch .
I am extremely happy for both stars , who have most definitely earned their respective place in the HOF . It is amazing that these two great players are going to be together on this special day October 10 , 2008 in Denver where the ceremony will take place . You may ask what is so amazing about them going into the Hall Of Fame together ?
Well the two met in the early 1980's , they were team mates in the USA Junior Hockey League.
They played for their country in several tournaments as well as the 1986/87 World Junior Championships. And both played together with the New York Rangers for 15 years.
They both played a huge part and shared the glory in one of the Rangers Greatest moments in history in 1994 when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup . The same year Mike Richter won the NHL ALL STAR GAME MVP .
Life long friendship and team mates entering the HOF together is something truly special and amazing .
As I look back on Richters’ great achievments and the many records he holds , not only within the Rangers organization but in the NHL , I am Honored to have met such a great and kind person . And extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to watch him play for so many wonderful years . And i want to thank him for all the sacrafices he did for the Rangers and his fans .
NHL Awards , Records and Achievements
1992 , 1994 and 2000 ALL STAR GAMES
1994 ALL STAR GAME MVP
1994 MOST WINS IN A PLAYOFF YEAR (16)
1997/98 MOST GAMES PLAYED BY A GOALTENDER
1993/94 MOST WINS
1991 , 1994 , 1997 MOST PLAYOFF SHUT OUTS
New York Rangers Awards , Records and Achievements
RANGERS MVP 1999/00 , 2001/02
PLAYERS PLAYER AWARD 1990/91 , 1999/00
BOUCHER TROPHY ( most popular ) 1990/91 , 1998/99 , 1999/00 , 2001/02
FAN CLUB ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1989/90
MOST CAREER GAMES PLAYED BY A GOALTENDER 666
MOST CAREER MINUTES PLAYED BY A GOALTENDER 38,185
MOST CAREER WIN 301
MOST PLAYOFF GAMES PLAYED 76
MOST PLAYOFF WINS 41
PLAYOFF SHUT OUTS 9
MOST GAMES PLAYED BY A GOALIE 72 1997/98
WINS IN A SEASON 42
MOST SAVES IN ONE GAME 59 1991
He was great and when he was on top of his game there was non better . I miss watching him play , and do the things he did between the pipes . I remember the first game he played , it was a playoff game , imagine that . Against the Pittsburgh Penguins , I must say I was crushed when he retired just before the 2003/04 season do to suffering from to many concussions . He is my all time favorite player and his legacy will always live on !