Monsters sign forward Justin Richards to one-year AHL contractAug 29, 2022
The Cleveland Monsters announced Monday that forward Justin Richards has been signed to a one-year AHL contract for the 2022-23 season. In 67 appearances for the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack last season, Richards tallied 6-8-14 with 23 penalty minutes and a -28 rating.
A 5’11”, 190 lb. right-shooting native of Orlando, FL, Richards, 24, supplied 0-1-1 with a +1 rating in one NHL appearance for the New York Rangers during the 2020-21 season. In 87 career AHL appearances, all for Hartford, spanning parts of two seasons from 2020-22, Richards contributed 10-15-25 with 33 penalty minutes and a -25 rating.
Prior to his professional career, Richards helped the University of Minnesota-Duluth claim the 2017-18 and 2018-19 NCAA National Championships and the 2018-19 NCHC Tournament Championship, supplying 26-40-66 with 38 penalty minutes and a +40 rating in 120 career NCAA appearances spanning three seasons from 2017-20. Richards was named to the 2018-19 NCAA All-Tournament Team and the 2018-19 NCHC Second All-Star Team and was named the NCHC’s Best Defensive Forward in 2018-19 and 2019-20. In 2016-17, Richards logged 10-20-30 with 63 penalty minutes and a +2 rating in 59 appearances for the USHL’s Lincoln Stars.
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