Player of the Day: Mike Richards-Captain of the Flyers
Why he will succeed: In 2002-03 he was the leading scorer for the Kitchener Rangers, of the Ontario Hockey League, with 87 points. That same year, he was one of the teams leading scorers and helped the team capture the Memorial Cup by racking up 27 points in 21 games. In 2005 he was the captain of Team Canada during the World Junior Championships. Mike led that team to its first gold medal since 1997 while getting 5 points in 6 games. In 2004-05 he joined the Philadelphia Phantoms and helped them win the Calder Cup. Throughout the AHL playoffs, he became a key player for the Phantoms and recorded 15 points in 14 playoff games. He was announced as a finalist for the Selke Trophy after the 2009 season, but narrowly lost to Pavel Datsyuk by 3 votes. Because of his defensive abilities he is a premier penalty killer, and because of his offensive abilities he was able to score a league leading 7 short handed goals in the 2008-09 season. After the 2008-09 season it was revealed that Mike had needed surgeries on both shoulders since training camp, but was able to play the entire season by taking anti-inflammatory medication.
09-10 Artifacts, #78
08-09 SP Authentic HoloFX, #FX71