Playing on a line with Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg, Richards had two assists and five shots on goal in Chicago's 6-2 win against the Dallas Stars at United Center. He was honored in a pregame ceremony and presented a silver stick by the Blackhawks.
"I love playing the game," Richards said. "To be able to play in the NHL and still be around the game, you guys get to see it and talk to people, this game is the greatest with the great people you meet. My whole life has revolved around it and I owe everything to hockey."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to veteran forward Brad Richards, who recently played in his 1,000th NHL game. The Chicago Blackhawks center will call into the show at 5:15 p.m.
It's an 11-game Tuesday including the Calgary Flames hosting the Anaheim Ducks. Sportsnet's Roger Millions will join us via the Arena Cam at Scotiabank Saddledome to preview this Western Conference matchup.
It's Hockey Hall of Fame enshrinement day and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will set things up with Barry Melrose talking to the Class of 2014 inductees.
We'll also look ahead at the top candidates to go into the Hall of Fame in 2015.
The only game on the Monday schedule features the New York Rangers hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning. We'll go out to Madison Square Garden and welcome in Newsday's Steve Zipay and Lightning voice Dave Mishkin via the Arena Cam to get a preview of the matchup.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, talks to Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios, who is promoting his new book, "Chris Chelios: Made In America." Chelios joins us at 5:30 p.m. via the Arena Cam at Joe Louis Arena where two of his former teams, the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, face off as one of six games on the Friday schedule. Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk will also appear to preview the matchup.
NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will call in at 6:40 to give his "Staying Power Rating" for some of the surprise teams early this season.
We'll also have our regular Friday segments: the top-10 plays of the week and power rankings.
Longtime referee Bill McCreary joined NHL Live to discuss his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
McCreary will become the 16th on-ice official to be honored.
"It's so surreal," McCreary said. "To think that you're going to join the great names that are already in there, to me I don't hold myself in that class but it certainly is an honor and I'm very humbled to be part of this whole experience."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews the big Central Division game Thursday between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Blues analyst Darren Pang joins the show at 6:15 p.m.
The Hockey Hall of Fame enshrines its 2014 class on Monday. Longtime referee Bill McCreary is among the inductees, and we'll speak to him by phone at 5:40 p.m.