Ex-Wing Brad Richards retires at age 36

Detroit News staff and wires
Ex-Red Wing Brad Richards retired at age 36 Wednesday. He'll make an additional $14 from his buyout from the Rangers.

Two-time Stanley Cup-winning forward Brad Richards is retiring after 15 NHL seasons.

Following one season with Detroit, the 36-year-old announced his retirement in a two-page release issued by the NHL Players’ Association on Wednesday.

Richards had 10 goals and 18 assists in 68 games for the Wings last season, and he had a one goal and a minus-4 rating in the playoffs.

Wings GM Ken Holland said prior to the start of free agency that Detroit would not try to re-sign him.

From Prince Edward Island, Richards was a 10-time 20-goal scorer and finished with 298 goals and 634 assists for 932 points in 1,126 games in a career that included stops in Dallas and the New York Rangers.

Richards led the Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring during their 2004 Stanley Cup-winning run and was voted playoff MVP. He also won a title in 2015 with Chicago. Richards was the NHL’s rookie of the year runner-up in 2001.

In thanking his many teammates, coaches, trainers and fans, Richards called winning two championships as his two most unforgettable moments.

According to capfriendly, Richards made $91,837,112 in career earnings and is owed an additional $14,555,560 over the next 10 years from the Rangers.