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Todd Richards
Position Defense
Shot Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
194 lb (88 kg)
Teams Genève-Servette HC (Swiss-B)
Orlando Solar Bears (IHL)
Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
Springfield Indians (AHL)
Hartford Whalers (NHL)
Fredericton Canadiens (AHL)
Sherbrooke Canadiens (AHL)
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born (1966-10-20)October 20, 1966,
Crystal, Minnesota
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1985
Montreal Canadiens
Pro Career 1989 – 2002

Todd M. Richards (born October 20, 1966 in Crystal, Minnesota) is the head coach of the Minnesota Wild NHL Ice hockey franchise. He was formerly an American professional ice hockey defenceman and the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. His younger brother Travis Richards was also a professional ice hockey defenceman.

Playing career[]

Richards was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the University of Minnesota for four seasons.

He began his professional career with the Sherbrooke Canadiens during the 1989–90 AHL season. After being traded early the next season to the Hartford Whalers organization, he helped the Springfield Indians win the 1991 Calder Cup. Richards also made his NHL debut during that season, playing two games and recording four assists for the Whalers. Richards spent two more seasons with the Indians before beginning to play in the IHL, spending two seasons with the Las Vegas Thunder, and six seasons with the Orlando Solar Bears. He ended his playing career in 2002 with the Genève-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland.

Coaching career[]

After retiring from playing, Richards spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Admirals. The Admirals advanced to the playoffs each year. In 2004, Milwaukee won the Calder Cup, after sweeping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in four games.

On August 3, 2006, Richards became the fifth head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. During his first season, he guided Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 51-24-2-4 record and a second-place finish in the AHL’s East Division. The Penguins advanced to the East Division Finals before falling to the Hershey Bears.

Richards signed as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL for the 2008–09 season.

On June 16, 2009, it was announced that Richards would become the second head coach [1] in the history of the Minnesota Wild.



  1. Wild hire Todd Richards as head coach. Associated Press (2009). Retrieved on 2009-06-15.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joe Mullen
Head Coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Succeeded by
Dan Bylsma
Preceded by
Jacques Lemaire
Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild
Succeeded by
Minnesota Wild Head Coaches