Interview with Mike Richter

I recently had a few minutes to chat with Mike Richter at the 82nd Annual CYO Club of Champions Tribute in Manhattan.

Richter, the goalie for the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, received the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award from New York Giants co-owner John Mara.

A story on the CYO Club of Champions Tribute, including the impact of playing CYO football on Richter, will be in the June 21 Catholic New York.

Here is a little more of what Richter said.

On the direction the New York Rangers are heading

They are great in goal and have great fundamentals in their organization. They have smart people at the helm and I think it was out of strength that you view that. You say how can we be great? Can we just continue along here or do we need to revamp? You want to be the first to recognize you need to reshuffle the deck rather than the last, and they did that. They did it proactively and I think it’s a courageous move. The new coach is fantastic. I love (Alain) Vigneault and he did a great job while he was here. It’s a different era and Dave Quinn comes in. He’s a great teacher coming from (Boston University) and I think they’re really steady hands in terms of management and coaching and great young players. Look at Las Vegas, nobody thought they could come out of the chute and do what they did. Look how exciting Toronto is. I don’t think the Rangers are going to stand still for long.

On winning the Stanley Cup in New York

It’s an incredible thing. You look at what’s going on in Las Vegas (with a first-year franchise getting to the final). They started out with that tragedy at the beginning of the year and sports can (help a city heal). We see a lot of the bad sides of it, you forget the fundamental struggle day-to-day is a real human struggle just overcoming obstacles and everything else. You have to do that every day. It’s a part of life.

And that’s why sports can teach you so much not about winning but also about challenges, obstacles and failure even and how you react to those hardships in life. That’s where sports is at its best. That what a lot of the volunteers I met in CYO helped me with, and that’s what Las Vegas is helping (the city) with right now.

You become the identity of a town a bit, So many of the guys that I played with were kind of scared of coming to New York They met the people here, loved it and this became their home. It’s an honor to represent such an amazing town. It was meaningful to the city we won. I wish we could do it every year.

Following his NHL career, Richter enrolled and graduated from Yale University with a degree in ethics, politics and economics with a concentration in environmental policy. He considered running for Congress and is now president of Brightcore Energy in Armonk.

I’ve always been motivated by the opportunity to be less wasteful and more efficient with our resources. one way or another in a way, it all comes together. My mom didn’t think of the word sustainability. She grew up in the depression. It was a moral issue for her. You don’t leave a light on. You don’t waste food. You don’t waste things that you have because some people don’t have it,

The world is getting smaller and smaller. There are more and more people and less and less opportunity in some ways but also less resources. Pope Francis has been very clear about that. It’s something he cares deeply about and I do too. I always have and I always thought on a practical level there was an opportunity to marry finance and efficiency. We’re doing that with the lighting right now. You get better lighting, you pay less money. It’s win-win.

Pat LaFontaine’s Charity Golf Event Raises Over $120,000 for Foundation

Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine hosted his annual Companions in Courage (CiC) Foundation Golf Classic at Huntington Country Club on Long Island that raised over $120,000 for the foundation on Oct. 5.

LaFontaine was joined by a group of celebrities at the event, including Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, former NBA star Wally Szczerbiak and his father Walter, and retired hockey players Benoit Hogue, Bob Nystrom, Pat Jablonski, Randy Wood and Steve Webb.

Johnny Glavinic won the tournament with a 66, followed by Wally Szczerbiak’s 68. Szczerbiak’s foursome with Glavinic, Tommy Nagolo and Mike Matura captured the low gross team award with a 62. Greg Heinssen (longest drive), Brian O’Day (closest to pin) and Nike Patti Jr. (closest to goal) also won awards.

CiC serves almost 60,000 pediatric patients each year in North America with Xbox Kiosks and Lion’s Den playrooms.

CiC has 20 Lion’s Dens at hospitals scattered across North America with four being in the archdiocese — Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla; Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown; Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital, Manhattan, and New York Presbyterian’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Manhattan. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital opened the first Lion’s Den in 2005.

 

Santini Heading to Buffalo

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School graduate Steven Santini is one of 27 prospects being sent by the New Jersey Devils to the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, Sept. 8-11.

Santini, 22, is one of five players on the prospects roster to skate with the Devils last season. He was a second-round pick, 42nd overall by the Devils in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Devils open preseason camp on Sept. 15 and compete in its first preseason game on Sept. 18 against the Washington Capitals.

Newest Ranger Engaged

It’s been quite a month for New Rochelle’s Kevin Shattenkirk.

He grew up a Rangers fan and started the month by signing a four-year, $26.6 million deal to play with the Rangers.

Last week, Shattenkirk and his fiancee Deanna Abbey announced their engagement on social media with photos and a video.  Shattenkirk got down on a knee to propose to Deanna Abbey at Barcelona Cathedral. The two were in Europe to attend Alexander Steen’s wedding in Sweden. Shattenkirk and Steen were teammates with the St. Louis Blues.

And Tuesday, Shattenkirk met the New York media and was given a No. 22 Rangers jersey. Shattenkirk’s favorite Ranger was Brian Leetch, who had his No. 2 retired by the organization.

Shattenkirk, whose mom Barbara is a teacher at an archdiocese school, is one of three NHL players from the Hudson Valley — joining John F. Kennedy Catholic grad Steve Santini of the New Jersey Devils and Irvington High School graduate Brett Pesce of the Carolina Hurricanes. At 28, Shattenkirk is the oldest of the three NHL defenders.