Rangers Agree to Terms with Defenseman Martin Richter
/ New York Rangers
New York, July 25, 2000 -- New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Martin Richter on a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Martin is a player that we are very excited to have in our organization,” said Sather. “He is a physical, feisty defenseman who has great potential to adapt to the North American style of the game. We look forward to Martin’s development and feel he could make a significant contribution to the hockey club in the future.”
Richter, 22, split last season between Karlovy Vary of the Czech League and Saipa of the Finnish Elite League. In 24 regular season games with Karlovy Vary prior, Richter registered five assists, along with 18 penalty minutes. Following his trade to Saipa, he appeared in 26 regular season contests, tallying one goal and three assists, along with 54 penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 196-pounder has appeared in 160 career regular season games with Olomouc and Karlovy Vary of the Czech League and Saipa of the Finnish League, registering six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 148 penalty minutes. Richter also was a member of the Czech Republic national junior team that competed in the 1998 World Junior Championships. The native of Prostejov, Czech Republic was New York’s ninth selection, 269th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.