Alec Richards
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Alec Richards


Robbinsdale Minnesota

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Free agent signing, 2009


190 lbs.

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2008-09: The Blackhawks signed Alec Richards following a four-year career at Yale, which included ECAC regular season and tournament titles in his senior season. In 25 games, Richards carried a 19-5-1 record that included four shutouts. He finished the year with 2.06 goals against average and .923 save percentage.

2009-10: In his first pro season, Richards got the majority of his starts in the ECHL with the Toledo Walleye. He finished with a 17-12-5 record, 3.35 goals against average, and .897 save percentage in 34 appearances. He played in 6 games for Rockford in the AHL with a 3-2-0 record, 3.12 goals against average, and .895 save percentage.

2010-11: Richards split work in the AHL for Rockford, appearing in 44 games and earning a 17-21-1 record with a 2.89 goals against average, .899 save percentage, and two shutouts. Though he had his ups and downs, Richards' year-end numbers were comparable to Rockford's other goalie, veteran Hannu Toivonen.

2011-12: Richards split his second pro season between the AHL and ECHL – spending the first two-thirds of the season with Rockford and finishing the year in Toledo after being demoted to the Walleye in February. In 22 games with the Ice Hogs he was 8-13 with a 3.55 goals against and .893 save percentage. In 21 games with Toledo he was 8-13 with a 3.74 goals against and .887 save percentage. The Walleye missed the ECHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the North Division.


Talent Analysis

At 6’4", Richards butterfly style effectively takes away a lot of the net.



Richards will have even more competition in the organization in 2012-13 with the Blackhawks bringing in Kent Simpson and Mac Carruth. Like last season, Richards will likely see a bulk of his time in Toledo with a chance to get back to the AHL should injuries hit.


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