I finally had a chance to sit down with Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards today, after the Flyers took the ice for the last full practice before their season opener tomorrow night in Philadelphia against the Rangers.
Richards, 23, sounded excited and anxious to get the season going and playing games that will count. I got to sit down and talk to him and found out a lot of great things about him.
Question No. 1: What would be more special to you personally, winning a gold medal for Canada, or winning a Stanley Cup with the Flyers?
Mike Richards: "Well, both have significant dreams attached to them. But, I think the Stanley Cup is something you dream about longer. When you play youth hockey when you're younger, you don't play to win a gold medal, you play for a Stanley Cup. It's something you always dream about. Obviously, playing for your country and winning a gold medal would be a great thing, but I think a Stanley Cup would mean more to me."
Question No. 2: Who is the one athlete you would pay most to watch and why?
Mike Richards: "Pay most to watch? I've watched Roger Federer in tennis; he is pretty unbelievable. I would love to see Tiger Woods play one time, then again, I've seen a lot of greats play. I've been fortunate enough to be at a lot of great sporting events. But overall, Tiger Woods is the biggest I haven't seen yet."
Question No. 3: What is the most special part about being a Philadelphia Flyer?
Mike Richards: "Probably just playing in front of the fans every night; it's pretty exciting. Obviously, Philly is known to have great fans. They're passionate about their sports and our hockey club. To be able to play in front of them every night is pretty special."
Question No. 4: I know you like to fish on your boat a lot, what other hobbies to do have off the ice, maybe video games etc..?
Mike Richards: "Um, not a big video game guy. I love to fish; I play a lot of golf in the summer; I watch quite a few movies. Mostly, I just like to hang out and take it easy, nothing too crazy."
After the chat was finished, Richards did say he was looking forward to this game tomorrow night more than any other game he can remember preparing for. So we can expect big things out of the captain and the Flyers.