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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Brad Richards, in the NY Post made his reasons for helping out in the relief effort clear

?I?m part of New York now. I know a lot of people who were affected by the storm, so whatever I can do, and whatever players in the area can do, we?re going to do what we can. We?re not playing, but we feel a sense of responsibility to our communities. It?s a privilege to be in this position, really.?
Richards told Katie Strang at ESPN NY, "Being part of the community makes you a part of everyday life,"

Matt Long, who Richards contacted to help out in Breezy Point, said that NY isn't just a stop along the way for Richards, ?We talked about living in New York and how much he loves it and wants to stay here after his playing days are over.

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At ESPN.com, Katie Strang wrote an article about Brad Richards and how throughout his career he has always been as big of a star off the ice as much as he has been on the ice.

An employee of the Lightning told "If there was a kid in the Tampa Bay area that was diagnosed with cancer, he knew their family. It was unbelievable."

Holly Wade, whose son Daniel had a brain tumor, spoke glowingly of Richards "Hockey players can get a bad rap. People say, 'Oh, they're all 5-8, missing their front teeth and all they do is fight,' but Brad was by far the most genuine, warm and caring individual that I've ever come across in any professional athlete."

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Antoinette Figueroa sends in this story of when the Rangers were in Staten Island a few weeks ago.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy all I can do is sit in my house on Staten Island and think about the devastation that so many face and how I can give back to my community. I started by donating to the local charities and going to the hardest hit areas to deliver bottles and bottles of water to the people who have nothing. I decided to start raising money on my own so that I could feed those people and after tweeting to some of the Rangers players and writers I started to receive anonymous donations which in my heart I believe came from them.

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In the time shortly after Hurricane Sandy, Brad Richards organized a hockey clinic on Staten Island that raised $14,000 and saw his teammates Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Jeff Halpern, Taylor Pyatt, Steve Eminger, Carl Hagelin and Brian Boyle help out.

When asked about why the players decided to get involved with the recovery for Hurricane Sandy, Brad Richards said, Captain Ryan Callahan told?SILive, "For us to come here and put some smiles on some people?s faces and raise some money, we?re happy to do it and glad we can.?

Richards added that this was a very easy thing to get involved, ?We?re a tight-knit group. We live in a community and play in front of great fans and live in a great city, so it?s not too hard to make that decision to come out and do something like this.?

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In the NY Times, Jeff Klein writes about Brad Richards and how the big role that he had taken in the community following Hurricane Sandy validates the Rangers faith in bringing in Richards to be a leader on and off the ice.

Richards reached out to Matt Long, who lost his house in the Hurricane, and went out to Breezy Point with Steve Eminger and Marian Gaborik gutting flood damaged houses with a crowbar and sledgehammer.

Richards told Long that he wanted no recognition for his work, saying "If someone knows who I am and I bring a smile to their face, great. If not, I?d rather make them smile just helping people."

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In his 30 Thoughts Column this week, Elliotte Friedman said that if the NHL has a season and an awards ceremony, Brad Richards may have already locked up the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

The award is "given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

Adam Graves won the award in 1994.

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Brad Richards' charity hockey clinic in Staten Island is going on now and Katie Strang says that along with Richards is Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Brian Boyle, Marc Staal, Carl Hagelin, Dan Girardi, Steve Eminger, Taylor Pyatt, Jeff Halpern and Anton Stralman.

Strang tweets "Kids are going bananas, really cool event. Nice change of pace from the doom and gloom of Lockout-land"

Steve Zipay says that about 110 kids in total will be taking part in the event.

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Henrik Lundqvist will be one of the goalies in the Operation Hat Trick charity Hockey Game next week in AC, according to Tim Panaccio.

Ryan Callahan will also participate

Ranger teammates Brad Richards, Steve Eminger, Jeff Halpern and Brian Boyle will also be there.

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9:08AM: For more info, visit CSN PHILLY

8:31PM: Panaccio says that the rosters are Hartnell, Richards, Ryan, Timonen, Dan Carcillo, JVR, Williams, Gagne, Braydon Coburn, Ville Leino, Steve Eminger, Jeff Halpern, Brian Boyle, Jody Shelley and James Neal.

So the Rangers participating are Richards, Eminger, Halpern and Boyle.

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At TampaBay.com, Damien Cristodero spoke with Brad Richards who said that he is leaving Tampa Bay to return to New York and help in "any way we can" with the relief effort after Hurricane Sandy.

Richards told him "When it first happened, being in Manhattan with no power, you didn't really know how bad it was. Now, being down here and seeing it on TV and seeing the stories about people who haven't been helped yet, you can see how widespread the destruction was."

Steve Eminger added "The whole city is pulling together. It's not something we're doing to get our names in the paper, it's just something we're doing."

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There is also a rumor that Henrik Lundqvist is on his way back from Sweden.

Also skating in Tampa with Richards was Steve Eminger and Brian Boyle.

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When Brad Richards was seven years old he lost his cousin and best friend Jamie (5 years old) to a brain tumor. To honor the memory of his friend, Richards set up the Brad Richards Foundation which "exists to provide exceptional experiences and treatment for children and families enduring chronic and life threatening illness."

In a 2005 article in the St. Pete Times, Damian Cristodero writes:

There is a moment after every Lightning home game that reminds Brad Richards what truly is important.

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