Stéphane Richer (ice hockey defenceman)
Stéphane Richer coaching the team of the Kassel Huskies
April 28, 1966|
Hull, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning|
Richer spent most of his professional career playing in the minors, but did play parts of three seasons in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning (1992–93), Boston Bruins (1992–93), Florida Panthers (1993–94 and 1994–95). He played in 27 NHL games; his NHL totals are 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points and 20 penalty minutes.
Richer left North America in 1995 to play for Adler Mannheim in Germany. He won the German championship with the Adler squad in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001 and remained with the team until the 2001–02 season. Richer spent his final season as a professional hockey player with the Frankfurt Lions before retiring in 2003.
Richer began his coaching career in 2003 as assistant coach of the Frankfurt Lions; he and new head coach Rich Chernomaz led the Lions to a fifth-place regular season finish and a surprise DEL championship in the 2003–04 DEL campaign, defeating the heavily favored Eisbären Berlin in the playoff finals. Richer left the Lions after the season and signed as assistant coach with Adler Mannheim. Midway through the 2004–05 season, he succeeded Helmut de Raaf as head coach. In 2005, Mannheim fired Richer and replaced him with American Greg Poss. Several weeks later, he succeeded Bernhard Engelbrecht as head coach of the Kassel Huskies. Richer guided the Huskies to promotion to the German top-tier Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in 2008.
On January 6, 2010, he signed a contract as general manager of the Hamburg Freezers, and on March 25, 2010, was named as the club's head coach as well. In December 2010, Richer relinquished the Freezers coaching job to Canadian Benoît Laporte. In 2014, Richer was named DEL Manager of the Year. He signed a contract extension with the Freezers that would keep him with the club until 2019. However, in May 2016, the Freezers folded: Richer, the staff and the players became free agents.
After the Freezers had folded, Richer served as scout for the Los Angeles Kings and worked as director of the youth program at German Oberliga side Crocodiles Hamburg. On January 26, 2017, he was appointed assistant coach to Uwe Krupp for DEL team Eisbären Berlin and promoted to sporting director in May 2017.
|1990–91||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||3||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|Second All-Star Team||1992|
|Second All-Star Team||1994, 1995|
|Champion (Adler Mannheim)||1997, 1998, 1999, 2001|
|Manager of the Year||2014|
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