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Ask A Player

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
1. I was wondering what is it like for a newer player to play with someone as great as Joe Sakic?
- Shaun, Billings, Mont.

Richardson: "It's a dream come true. He's been my favorite player since I was younger so it's pretty cool to play with him."

2. I was wondering if you had any 'rituals' you follow before each and every game?
- Mark, Louisville, Colo.

Richardson: "I don't have a lot of rituals or superstitions. I guess the first thing I do when I get to the rink each night is grab a coffee and a bagel."

3. I was wondering how is it important for you and the rest of the "Youngsters Squad" to have the opportunity to learn from great players and great leaders like Sakic, Hejduk, Lappy, etc.?
- Simon Roy, Tois-Rivieres, Quebec

Richardson: "It's great learning from those guys. They are all great players and leaders on and off the ice."

4. Many Avs fans have been watching you in the system for a bit now. What is the biggest difference between play in the AHL versus the NHL?
- Karen, Littleton, Colo.

Richardson: "The speed, size and strength of the players. That's probably the biggest thing."

5. What person or player has inspired you the most in the pursuit of your hockey career?
- Jennifer, Longmont, Colo.

Richardson: "My dad. He coached me all the way up and he played. But I've had a lot of people help me, my family, my grandmother."

6. Who do the Avs players consider their biggest rival?
- Mike, Temple, Texas

Richardson: "I think every team is tough to play every night but I would probably say Vancouver or Detroit."

7. Would you say the new rules help your play, or do you think you would have done better the way the NHL used to be?
- Anthony, Baudette, Minn.

Richardson: "I think they've helped me because you see a lot more smaller players now. Speed is a big part of the game now."

8. If you were the Avs GM, and you could have one player for free from any team in the league, who would it be and why?
- Hayden, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Richardson: "We already have him, Joe Sakic."

9. What was your feeling your first time playing in the Pepsi Center when you looked up and saw the two Stanley Cup banners?
- John Walker, Clayton, N.C.

Richardson: "Excited"

10. What made you get into hockey?
- Heather, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Richardson: "Honestly I don't know. I think my dad just threw skates at me and said ‘go'. You don't get much choice after that."

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