March 26, 1969
Ottawa, ON, CAN
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning
7th overall, 1987
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Career||1987 – 2008|
Luke Richardson (born 26 March, 1969 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman who played for 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators.
Luke Richardson was selected 7th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He had come off of two stellar seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Halfway through his rookie season, on January 6, 1988 he was the victim of a vicious attack when Dino Ciccarelli of the Minnesota North Stars clubbed him in the head several times with his stick (Ciccarelli was convicted of assault, serving one day in jail and paying a fine of $1000 [Canadian]). However, the assault had no discernible effects on the play of Richardson, who lasted four years in Toronto, until in the summer of 1991, when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Vincent Damphousse, Scott Thornton, Peter Ing, future considerations and cash for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube.
Richardson arguably never became a spectacular defenceman, as he was a tough stay-at-home blueliner who was quite aggressive. He would be consistent in that regard, with Edmonton, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was with the Flyers that Richardson came the closest to a Cup Finals appearance in 2000, when the Flyers lost 4–3 in the Eastern Conference Finals to the New Jersey Devils.
In the 2005–06 season, his last as captain of the Blue Jackets, Luke was traded back to Toronto on March 8, 2006.
Richardson continued playing in the 2006–07 season when he signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Richardson didn't rack up that many points, but he still did fairly well in the 27 games he played while getting 3 assists and only 16 penalty minutes. Richardson was a healthy scratch for the end of the 2006–07 season and playoffs, and became an unrestricted free agent that summer.
On August 7, 2007, Richardson signed a one year, $500,000 two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators, amid the speculation that he would announce his retirement from the NHL. On February 15, 2008, Richardson was named the Senators nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, though the award eventually went to Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On September 27, 2008, Richardson re-signed with Ottawa to a one year, two-way contract. During the 2008–09 season, and being used primarily as a reserve defenseman, Richardson announced his retirement from the NHL and the intent to pursue a coaching career on November 27, 2008..
On February 3, 2009, Richardson joined the Senators coaching staff as an assistant.
|1987–88||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||4||6||10||90||2||0||0||0||0|
|1988–89||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||55||2||7||9||106||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||67||4||14||18||122||5||0||0||0||22|
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||1||9||10||238||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||0||13||13||73||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||64||1||5||6||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||44||1||6||7||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||21||0||3||3||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||27||0||3||3||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|Columbus Blue Jackets