Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014
Former Hobart College ice hockey defenseman, Brad Richard '13, made history in his first season in the East Coast Hockey League. He recently became the first player directly from an NCAA Division III program to make the ECHL's All-Rookie Team, since the minor league began naming all-rookie teams in 2001. Richard also helped the Alaska Aces to their third Kelly Cup in program history, tying an ECHL record.
Richard has played in 65 games in his rookie season, for the Aces, the affiliate of the NHL's Calgary Flames, posting seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points. He ended the regular season third in the ECHL in first-year defensemen scoring. Richard was also 17th in the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-20. He has excelled on special teams, posting 11 power-play points on three goals and eight assists. Richard has added two short-handed helpers.
Richard made an impact almost immediately after getting on board with the Aces. In just his second pro game, he tallied two goals and an assist in a span of just 2:16 in the second period, helping the Aces to a 5-0 victory over Bakersfield. Richard suffered an injury early in the postseason, but was able to play in three playoff games. In Game 5 of the Kelly Cup finals, Richard notched what proved to be the game-winning goal in the third period of 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones.
"Hobart was a great experience for me. Coach Taylor, Coach Michaelson and Coach Flanagan helped me a great deal in my four years there," said Richard. "I matured as a person and a player in my time at Hobart. My transition to pro was much easier because of the level of professionalism that Coach Taylor expected out of his players in his program."
A two-year captain for the Statesmen, Richard earned AHCA East All-American honors in his senior season. He was also tabbed the ECAC West Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. A four-time All-ECAC West selection, Richard played in 97 career games at Hobart posting 22 goals and 42 assists for 64 points. He received All-USCHO.com honors twice and was named to the ECAC West All-Tournament Team after helping the Statesmen win their second ever ECAC West Tournament title in 2012.