Kings add Richter to ros­ter

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ted CLARKE Cit­i­zen staff

As the son of a po­ten­tial Hockey Hall of Fame goal­tender, Tom Richter has had to talk about his hockey ge­net­ics through­out his own ca­reer.

For the next sea­son, at least, he’ll be an­swer­ing those ques­tions about his dad Mike as a mem­ber of the Prince Ge­orge Spruce Kings.

The Spruce Kings an­nounced Fri­day they’ve re­cruited the 19-year-old for­ward from Con­necti­cut, who played high school hockey last sea­son at Sal­is­bury School.

The six-foot, 170-pound Richter has al­ready signed with Union Col­lege and will join the Dutch­men for the 2020-21 sea­son.

A shoul­der in­jury limited him to 22 games in 2018-19 and in 15 games with Sal­is­bury he scored two goals and had four as­sists. He had four points in seven games with the Mid-Fair­field Rangers midget team.

Mike Richter played 14 NHL sea­sons with the New York Rangers and the three-time all star backed the Blueshirts to a win over the Van­cou­ver Canucks in the 1994 Stan­ley Cup fi­nal.

The Rangers raised his No. 35 to the rafters at Madi­son Square Gar­den af­ter he re­tired in 2003.

“Tom ob­vi­ously has great blood­lines and he’s cer­tainly been ex­posed to a high level of hockey,” said Spruce Kings gen­eral man­ager Mike Hawes. “He’s a tremen­dously hard­work­ing for­ward who’s go­ing to fit well into the style of play we play, that in-your­face style hard on the puck. He will fit that mold well for us.”

Richter is the first son of an NHL player to join the Spruce Kings since for­ward Daniel Nach­baur in 2015. His fa­ther Don, who grew up in Prince Ge­orge, played eight NHL sea­sons with Hart­ford, Ed­mon­ton and Philadel­phia.

The Kings have added an­other Union Col­lege re­cruit, 19-year-old for­ward An­drew Sea­man, to their ros­ter.

The five-foot-10, 170-pound Sea­man is a na­tive of Win­netka, Ill., who scored 16 goals and 11 as­sists in 32 games last sea­son for Phillips Ex­eter Academy, a high school team in Ex­eter, N.H.

Sea­man is also slated to join the Dutch­men in 2020.

“An­drew is a good-skat­ing for­ward with a lot of skill and he’s a hard­work­ing guy and he’s got some good fin­ish to his game,” said Hawes.

“He has some real good of­fen­sive abil­ity and he should put up some good num­bers this year for sure.”

Both were rec­om­mended to the Spruce Kings by Dutch­men as­sis­tant coach Ja­son Tapp.

“The coaches at Union Col­lege, hav­ing watched us play a lot over the the last cou­ple of sea­sons, re­ally like how we de­velop our play­ers,” said Hawes.

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