Considered by many observers, as arguably the greatest American goaltender to don a pair of pads, Mike Richter is one of the special players who was able to stay with one NHL team his entire career. A native of Abington, Pennsylvania, Richter grew up a fan of former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent. Due to his mesmerizing playing style, Richter would blossom into a popular player among young hockey fans during his prime NHL years. His Statue of Liberty mask is still one of the most iconic designs.
After getting off to a 9-13-4 start through 26 games, there were not high hopes for the Blues to make a postseason run. The offense was struggling to put the puck in the net, and Jake Allen was an inconsistent nightmare in the crease. Vladimir Tarasenko uncharacteristically recorded just 24 points in the first 40 games of the season. The Blues had high hopes going into the season after acquiring Ryan O’Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres as well as signing veteran winger Tyler Bozak. They had the pieces for a great season, but it all started at the top.
We all saw the celebration of Alex Ovechkin after winning his holy grail, the Stanley Cup. It can probably be safely said, that it never left his side unless it was in the hands of a teammate. Also having another huge first in his life, this time becoming a father, Ovechkin has had an incredible 2018.