Beyond The Benches

Richards Making a Comeback in Manchester


Mike Richards scored the first regular-season AHL goal of his career on Wednesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena, and has been on a roll ever since. Richards was sent to the Manchester Monarchs, AHL affiliate of the LA Kings, after clearing waivers on January 27.

This is the first time Richards has appeared in AHL games since he participated in 14 playoff games with the Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, in 2005 where he tallied seven goals and eight assists.

It seemed like a slow start for Richards after he went scoreless in his debut game with the Monarchs on Friday January 30, in a 3-1 victory for Manchester over the Portland Pirates. He changed that on Wednesday with a goal and two assists, aiding the Monarchs in a 4-1 victory over the Albany Devils. He did not stop there and continued his scoring streak into Friday night’s 4-2 loss against the Providence Bruins, adding assists on both Manchester goals.
Richards had played 47 games with the Los Angeles Kings this season totaling 15 points including five goals, but had no multi-point games. It looks as though he is aiming to get back to the NHL soon, by trying to make the best of his time with the Manchester Monarchs.

The Manchester Monarchs faced off against the Providence Bruins and celebrate Pink in the Rink on Saturday February 7 at 7pm with proceeds benefiting Catholic Medical Center Breast Cancer Care. While Richards did not record any points, the Monarchs took the 3-1 victory over the Bruins.