Todd Richards
San Jose Sharks - Assistant Coach
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Todd Richards was named an assistant coach of the San Jose Sharks on July 23, 2008. Richards, 41, spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the top AHL development affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. During his tenure with Wilkes-Barren/Scranton, Richards coached his teams to a 98-50-5-8 overall record with two Calder Cup playoff appearances, including a trip to the finals last season.

The 2007-08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished second overall in the AHL with 111 points in 80 games. The Penguins made it to their third Calder Cup Finals in their nine-year existence, but fell to the Chicago Wolves in six games. With a victory in Game Four of the Calder Cup Finals, Richards became Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time playoff coaching wins leader with 18, passing current Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Michel Therrien.

Before joining the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Richards spent four seasons as an assistant with the Milwaukee Admirals. During that time the Admirals made four playoff appearances, advancing to the Calder Cup Finals twice. Milwaukee captured the 2004 AHL Championship by sweeping Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in four games.

Richards joined the Admirals coaching staff after a successful 13-year professional career that included championships in the International Hockey League, AHL and Swiss B league.

The Crystal, Minn. native was drafted by the Montreal Canadians in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, and began his career with the club’s AHL affiliate in Sherbrooke during the 1989-90 season. The defenseman was traded to the Hartford Whalers (now Carolina Hurricans) the following season and spent most of that year playing for the Springfield Indians, helping to capture a Calder Cup title. He also made his NHL debut with the Whalers during that season, recording four assists and two penalty minutes in two games.

In 1994-95, Richards played for the IHL’s Las Vegas Thunder and was named the league’s top defender. After spending the next six seasons in the IHL, Richards concluded his playing career with Servette Geneve of Switzerland in 2001-02, helping the club to a Swiss B league title. He was again acknowledged for his on-ice efforts and captured the award as the league’s top defenseman.  

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