|Nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) today announced that Brad Richardson
is the Kings’ nominee for the 2010 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually by the PHWA to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey before he died on January 15, 1968, as the result of an on-ice injury.
The Los Angeles PHWA chapter provided the following on Richardson, who is in his second season with the Kings:
Foot injuries hampered this speedy center/left wing last season and limited him to only 31 games, and his job was in jeopardy. At his exit meeting with Coach Terry Murray last April, Murray recalled Richardson being adamant that he would rebound this season and earn more playing time -- and that’s exactly what has happened.
After scoring no goals in his first 57 games with the Kings, he has scored 11 and had 27 points -- and through the games of April 3, the Kings were 10-0-1 in games in which he has scored. He has four game-winning goals, tied for third (with Jarret Stoll
) behind Michal Handzus’ six and Drew Doughty
Richardson has brought energy, enthusiasm and determination to a young team that is establishing its identity and has helped by playing on all four lines and switching from left wing to center as required. His upbeat attitude has been important in getting the Kings through some rocky stretches after the Olympic break.