|Former Senators defenceman, now an assistant coach with the team, will have his number 21 retired and raised to the rafters by the Ottawa West Junior B Golden Knights tonight at Barbara Ann Scott Arena (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).
Once a Golden Knight, always a Golden Knight.
Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson will have his number 21 retired by the Ottawa West Golden Knights on Monday night at Barbara Ann Scott Arena. The ceremony is set to take place at 7 p.m., prior to Game 3 of the Eastern Ontario Jr. B Hockey League's Metro-Valley Conference final between the Knights and Carleton Place Legion Kings.
"To have my number retired in my home town, and by a junior team that has such a storied history, is an honour that I will cherish forever," said Richardson.
Richardson played for the Golden Knights as a 15-year-old during the 1984-85 season, helping them claim the EOJBHL championship for the first time. He collected 31 points, including five goals, during his only season with the team.
"Given all that Luke and his father, Glenn, have done for our organization over the years, this (honour) is long overdue," said Knights owner Blake Sinclair. "They are an integral part of why this organization is considered the Cadillac of Junior B franchises."
As part of the celebration, Mayor Larry O'Brien will proclaim Monday as "Luke Richardson Day" in the city of Ottawa. A donation is also being made by the Golden Knights to Christie Lake Camps in Richardson's name. Fans can also make additional contributions in donation boxes that will be set up throughout the arena during Monday's game.
After leaving the Golden Knights, Richardson moved on to the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes. In 1987, the Toronto Maple Leafs later made him a first-round pick (seventh overall) and he went on to enjoy a 21-season National Hockey League career. Richardson finished a 1,417-game NHL run with the Senators, announcing his retirement on Nov. 28.
Tickets for the game are available at the arena door or via the Golden Knights website at www.goldenknightsjrb.com
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