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Brad Richards' NHL timeline

Center, 36, retires Wednesday after 15 seasons in League, two Cup titles

by Cutler Klein @CutlerKlein / Staff Writer

Center Brad Richards announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday. In 15 seasons in the League, the 36-year-old won two Stanley Cup championships, the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Lady Byng Trophy. He had 298 goals, 634 assists and 251 penalty minutes in 1,126 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.

Here's a timeline of key moments in Richards' NHL career:

June 27, 1998: Richards is selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round (No. 64) of the 1998 NHL Draft. The Lightning also take Vincent Lecavalier, Richards' teammate with Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and their future captain, with the first pick of the draft.

Oct. 6, 2000: Richards makes his NHL debut against the New York Islanders. He has one shot on goal in 15:27 of ice time in a 3-3 tie.

Tweet from @TBLightning: Stick taps on an incredible career, @BRichards_1991. Always a Bolt ������

Oct. 8, 2000: Richards gets his first two NHL points with a goal and assist in a 5-4 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Tampa. Richards, whose 62 points lead the Lightning, finishes second to goalie Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL.

June 7, 2004: The Lightning win the Stanley Cup with a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the Cup Final, and Richards is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Richards, whose 26 points led Tampa Bay in the playoffs wins the 2004 Lady Byng Trophy as "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."

Feb. 26, 2008: Hours before the 2008 NHL Trade Deadline, Richards is traded to the Stars along with Johan Holmqvist for Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Richards has 15 points in 18 playoff games, helping the Stars reach the Western Conference Final, where they lose to the Red Wings in six games.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Congratulations on an incredible 15 year career, Brad!

July 2, 2011: Richards signs a nine-year contract with the Rangers, reuniting him with coach John Tortorella, who guided the Lightning to their Cup win in 2004.

Oct. 8, 2011: Richards scores his first goal with the Rangers in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Stockholm, Sweden, a game played as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

April 19, 2013: Richards scores the first hat trick of his NHL career in New York's 8-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres.

Tweet from @NYRangers: Congratulations to Brad Richards on a tremendous 15 year career, including some wonderful memories on Broadway!

July 1, 2014: Richards signs a one-year contract with the Blackhawks after having the remainder of his contract bought out by the Rangers.

June 15, 2015: Richards wins the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career when the Blackhawks defeat one of his former teams, the Lightning, in six games.

Tweet from @88PKane: Congrats @BRichards_1991 on an amazing career. I'll never forget watching you win �� with Tampa in 2004, to the no look pass in Game 6, 2015.

July 1, 2015: Richards signs a one-year contract with the Red Wings. He wears No. 17 with Detroit instead of his customary No. 19, which was worn by Steve Yzerman and has been retired by the Red Wings.

July 20, 2016: Richards announces his retirement from the NHL.

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