Richards, assistant coaches Craig Hartsburg and Dan Hinote, players Jared Boll, Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski and other members of the Blue Jackets organization helped construct a home for United States Air Force veteran Kelley Flanagan and his family through a program with Habitat For Humanity-MidOhio.
Neither Richards nor the players professed much acumen with tools. But there they were on Oct. 30 about 30 miles east of Columbus in Newark, Ohio putting up siding and installing railings.
"I follow directions really well," Richards said. "It's nice to get out of the rhythm of the hockey timeline day in and day out and the grind of it. It was a beautiful day. There were lots of people there. It was a great cause and everyone was enjoying the time helping this family."