Richards, two-time Stanley Cup winner, retires from NHL


Long-time NHL center Brad Richards, twice a Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Richards' career spanned 15 seasons, including stints with the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings.

He played 1,126 regular-season games, collecting 298 goals and 634 assists.

Richards was drafted by the Lightning in the third round in 1998 and helped the franchise capture their first Stanley Cup in 2004, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with 26 points in 23 games.

He won his second Cup in 2015, setting up Patrick Kane's series-clinching goal in a game-six win against Tampa Bay.

Richards, 36, was an unrestricted free agent after finishing his final season with the Red Wings, scoring 10 goals with 18 assists in 68 games. 

"Winning the Stanley Cups in Tampa Bay and Chicago was the best part of my career and I will never forget those moments," he said in a release.

"Nothing compares to enjoying that night with your team and knowing what you have accomplished together."

The Lightning and Red Wings both celebrated Richards' career on social media on Wednesday.