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Blackhawks' Richards dreamed of being their goalie

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 8:55 PM / NHL Insider

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Blackhawks' Richards dreamed of being their goalie
Brad Richards always thought he might play for the Chicago Blackhawks one day. But idolizing Eddie Belfour, Richards wanted it to be at another position.

Brad Richards always thought he might play for the Chicago Blackhawks one day.

But idolizing Eddie Belfour, Richards wanted it to be at another position.

Brad Richards
Center - CHI
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 51
SOG: 259 | +/-: -8
"I always wanted to be a goalie, but my dad, Glen, would never let me," Richards told Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi in an interview on their website published Friday.

"He played goalie a bit himself, but he wouldn’t have it. I liked all the equipment, the gear, and whenever he wasn’t around, I was a goalie in street hockey. But he wouldn’t allow it, and I cried my eyes out when he said no."

Richards will look to fill the Blackhawks' void at second-line center this season after signing with them following his buyout from the New York Rangers.

"People are talking about how I’m coming here to be the No. 2 behind Jonathan [Toews], centering for Patrick Kane," Richards said. "But July is a bit early to be making out lineups. The thing about playing in Chicago, if you do your job and get ice time, you know you’re going to be playing with talented players."

Read the rest of the interview here.

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