|Stephane Joseph Jean-Jacques Richer
Right Wing-Left Wing
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 218 pounds
Born: 6.7.66 Ripon, Quebec
|How he arrived: Traded from the Montreal Canadiens with Tom Chorske for Kirk Muller and
Roland Melanson, 9.20.91
How he left: Traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Lyle Odelein, 8.22.96
How he returned: Traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins for Devils' 7th round pick in the 2003 E.D.
How he left again: Retired 8.18.02
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Richer had all the tools in his offensive game that had many billing him as a true sniper. He had the size, the skating
ability, and of course, you can't even be a sniper without having a dangerous shot. His was booming.
All that would lead him to 2 50-goal seasons and a Stanley Cup while with the Canadiens.
So the Devils getting him was a big deal, even with letting go Kirk Muller. It was a good change of scenery for Richer,
having supposedly been feuding with Habs' coach Pat Burns and his teammates and constantly battling injuries. While
the injuries still came, he didn't miss many games from them. But the true test was his maturity level while in New Jersey.
The result: continued high output in goals and a Cup in 95.
He just wasn't the same player when he was traded back to Montreal. His numbers suffered greatly. (Actually, his
downward slide began in 95-96.) He would abruptly retire in 2000 while with the St. Louis Blues. He stated that he was
a lifelong sufferer of clinical depression. He sought help for that the following year, and upon conclusion of that, he
attempted a comeback with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Devils would get him at the trade deadline that season for the stretch run, but he had an inconsequential stint this
time. He would retire for good the summer after that season.
|Entry Draft: 1984 Second Round Pick (29th overall) by the
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise