LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have assigned forward Mike Richards to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 5-11, 199-pound native of Kenora, Ontario, appeared in 46 games this season with the Kings, registering 15 points (5-10=15) and 39 penalty minutes. He played in his 700th NHL game, Jan. 12 vs. TOR and recorded his 300th career assist, Dec. 12 at MTL. He had played 224 consecutive games dating back to Dec. 22, 2011, the longest active streak on the Kings.
Selected in the first-round (24th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Richards has appeared in 703 career NHL games with Philadelphia and Los Angeles, collecting 481 points (179-302=481), a plus-21 rating and 577 penalty minutes. He was acquired from Philadelphia (along with the rights to Rob Bordson) for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He has won two Stanley Cups since joining the Los Angeles Kings.