posted on Feb, 5 2004 @ 08:04 PM
Mike Richter, the greatest American born goalie to ever play in the NHL, was enshrined in the Madison Square Garden rafters Wednesday night. The
Rangers retired #35 to honour a player that had only donned the Rangers sweater. Mike Richter was forced into retirement by a series of concussions,
but not before he was able to lead NY to win Lord Stanley in 1994. The Rangers were without a Stanley Cup title for 54 years.
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"I can tell you that any sense of loss has been replaced by the feeling of gratitude and joy," Richter said. "I'm leaving with the realization that
the time spent here has been nothing short of an amazing gift."
He stood with his wife and two children in the goal crease next to a table on which his famous Statue of Liberty mask rested. The banner rose at the
end of the 45-minute ceremony from the top of the net to its place next to the pennant commemorating the 1994 championship.
It was always fun to watch Richter play hockey. And it sucked when the Wild had to play against him. They showed highlights of his first start against
the Penguins. To claim a stake in the league he beat the Pens and made some incredible saves. Including one on Super Mario that left me with my jaw
Here's to hockey. Here's to Richter. Here's to the greatest American born goalie to have ever worn an NHL jersey.