Michael Thomas Richter (born September 22, 1966 in Abington, Pennsylvania) is a former National Hockey League (NHL) goaltender. One of the most successful American-born goaltenders in history, he is best known for having led the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup title in 1994 and for repeatedly representing the United States in international play.
He attended and played for Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. After playing for the United States in the World Junior championships in 1985, he played for the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1985-1987, and the Rangers made him the 28th overall pick in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He would again represent the US in the World Junior championships, World championships, and the 1988 Calgary Olympics before making his NHL debut in the 1989 playoffs. Though he lost the one game in which he played, he was soon a regular member of the club, posting 12 wins against 5 losses in his rookie season as the Rangers' backup goaltender. The next two seasons, he would split playing time with the Rangers' veteran goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, he was selected to represent the U.S. in the Canada Cup.
Vanbiesbrouck was traded before the 1993-94 season and Richter had his first season as the team's number one goaltender, posting a career-best 42 wins and 2.57 goals-against average as the Rangers won the Presidents Trophy. His play was a key factor in the Rangers' Stanley Cup championship win over the Vancouver Canucks. He become the eighth goaltender in history to post four shutouts in one playoff season, and over the next few years he would consistently be ranked among the world's top goaltenders. He led the United States to victory in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, with his efforts earning him Most Valuable Player honors.
His last appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs would be 1997, as a series of knee injuries and a string of mediocre Ranger teams saw his personal statistics suffer. Nevertheless, he was selected as the top goalie for Team USA in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 2002 Games. A year later a skull fracture and concussion forced him to retire, but not until after he became the first Ranger to record 300 wins.
His jersey (#35) became the third number retired by the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2004.
Richter competed in Ironman Lake Placid on July 22, 2007. The triathlon involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. He completed the grueling race in 12 hours 49 minutes 10 seconds.
On November 4, 2007 Richter ran in his first New York City Marathon finishing with a time of 3:54:35.
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Named to 1992 NHL All-Star team
Named to 1994 NHL All-Star team - Awarded Most Valuable Player
Won 1994 Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers
Won gold medal at 1996 World Cup of Hockey - Awarded Most Valuable Player
Named to 2000 NHL All-Star team
Won silver medal at 2002 Winter Olympics
The song is "My Hero" by the Foo Fighters.