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Todd Richards
Born October 20, 1966 (1966-10-20) (age 55)
Crystal, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
Played for Genève-Servette HC
Orlando Solar Bears
Las Vegas Thunder
Springfield Indians
Hartford Whalers
Fredericton Canadiens
Sherbrooke Canadiens
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1985
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1989–2002

Todd Richards (born Todd Michael Richards on October 20, 1966) is a American ice hockey coach and former player. He was most recently the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing Career[]

Todd was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the University of Minnesota for four seasons. He began his professional career with the Sherbrooke Cans during the 1989–90 AHL season.

After being traded early the next season to the Hartford Whalers organization, Todd helped the Springfield Indians win the 1991 Calder Cup.

He also made his NHL debut during that season, playing two games and recording four assists for the Whalers.

He spent two more seasons with the Indians before beginning to play in the IHL, spending two seasons with the Las Vegas Thunder and six seasons with the Orlando Solar Bears.

Todd ended his playing career in 2002 with the Genève-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland.

Coaching Career[]

After retiring from playing, Todd spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Admirals. The Admirals advanced to the playoffs each year. In 2004, Milwaukee won the Calder Cup, after sweeping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in four games.

On August 3, 2006, he became the fifth head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

During his first season, he guided Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 51-24-2-4 record and a second-place finish in the AHL’s East Division. The Penguins advanced to the East Division Finals before falling to the Hershey Bears.

Todd signed as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL for the 2008–09 season.

Todd became the second head coach in the history of the Minnesota Wild in June 2009, and the first native of Minnesota to hold the job.

After two seasons as head coach and posting a record of 77-71-16, he was fired on April 11, 2011. In both seasons, the Wild were in playoff contention most of the season, but ended up missing the playoffs.

In June of 2011, Todd had been hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant coach under head coach Scott Arniel. After a poor first half of the season, Arniel was fired on January 9, 2012 and Todd was named as interim head coach.

On May 14, 2012, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced the signing of Todd to a two-year contract, making him the sixth full-time coach in team history.

On April 19, 2014, Todd led the Blue Jackets to their first ever Stanley Cup playoff victory, a 4-3 double overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On April 23, 2014, he coached the Blue Jackets to their first ever Stanley Cup playoff home victory, winning 4-3 in overtime over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On May 27, 2014, the Blue Jackets signed Todd to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 NHL season. On October 21, 2015, after starting the season 0-7, the Blue Jackets relieved him of his duties as head coach.

Awards & Achievements[]

  • All-WCHA Second Team (1986–87)
  • All-WCHA Second Team (1987–88)
  • All-WCHA Second Team (1988–89)
  • AHCA West Second-Team All-American (1988–89)
  • All-NCAA All-Tournament Team (1989)

NHL Coaching Record[]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost OTL Points Finish Won Lost Result
MIN 2009-10 82 38 36 8 84 4th in Northwest Division - - Failed to Qualify
MIN 2010-11 82 39 35 8 86 3rd in Northwest Division - - Failed to Qualify
CBJ 2011-12 41 18 21 2 (38) 5th in Central Division - - Failed to Qualify
CBJ 2012-13 48 24 17 7 55 4th in Central Division - - Failed to Qualify
CBJ 2013-14 82 43 32 7 93 4th in Metropolitan Division 2 4 Lost in Round 1
CBJ 2014-15 82 42 35 5 89 5th in Metropolitan Division - - Failed to Qualify
CBJ 2015-16 7 0 7 0 0 8th in Metropolitan Division - - (Fired)
Total 417 204 176 37 .535 0 Division
2 4 0 Stanley Cups