Mike Richards Net Worth 2024, Biography, Age, Height

By Alice Moreno

Mike Richards, born on February 11, 1985, in Kenora, Ontario, Canada, is a well-known figure in the ice hockey world. At 38 years old, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing 196 pounds, Richards boasts an impressive record in his professional hockey career. Drafted 24th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003, he played as a center, shooting left. 

Throughout his career, he participated in 749 games, scoring 181 goals and assisting 306 times, accumulating a total of 487 points. With the jersey number 10, Richards has made notable contributions to the sport, reflecting in his net worth of $45 million and career earnings of $52,855,025.

Off the rink, Mike is a family man. Son to Norm and Irene Richards and brother to Mark and Matt, he found love with Cate Chant and married her in 2020. Today, Mike Richards is celebrated as a stalwart of Canadian ice hockey, with a legacy that aspiring players look up to.

Quick Facts About Mike Richards

Real NameMike Richards
Birthday/AgeFebruary 11, 1985 (Age 38)
Weight196 Lb (89 Kg)
Height180 Cm(5 Ft 11 In)
BirthplaceKenora, Ontario, Canada
ProfessionCanadian Former Professional Ice Hockey Player
PositionCentre
ShootsLeft
Draft24th Overall, 2003
Draft TeamPhiladelphia Flyers
Jersey Number10
Gp749
G181
A306
Pts487
+/-16
Ps50.2
Net Worth$45 Million
Career Earnings$52,855,025
Salary$900,000
FatherNorm Richards
MotherIrene Richards
SiblingsMark And Matt
Marital StatusMarried 
SpouseCate Chant(M. 2020)

Mike Richards Biography

Michael Richards was born on February 11, 1985, in Canada. He was a professional ice hockey player. Richards played in the NHL for 11 seasons. He played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, and Washington Capitals. In 2003, the Flyers drafted him in the first round, 24th overall.

On June 29, 2015, the Kings ended Richards’ contract due to an arrest. He had oxycodone without a prescription. The NHL Players’ Association disagreed with this decision. By October 9, 2015, Richards became a free agent.

Richards won two Stanley Cups with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014. He also won many other championships. This includes the Memorial Cup, World Juniors, Calder Cup, and an Olympic gold medal.

Mike Richards Net Worth

Mike Richards Net Worth

Michael Richards has a net worth of $45 million. Over his career, he earned $52,855,025. Currently, his salary is $900,000.

In 2015-16, the Kings had a $3.12 million cap hit due to Richards. For the next four seasons, this reduced to a $1.57 million cap hit.

By 2021-22 and 2022-23, the cap hit will be at its highest, $900,000. Other than these years, the cap hits range from $400,000 to $700,000.

Estimated Career Earnings

TEAMYEARAWARDSSALARYSIGNING BONUSINCENTIVETOTAL CASH
Philadelphia Flyers2005-2006$659,700$282,700$942,400
2006-2007$659,700$282,700$942,400
2007-2008$942,400$942,400
2008-2009$5,400,000$5,400,000
2009-2010$5,600,000$5,600,000
2010-2011$6,400,000$6,400,000
Los Angeles Kings2011-2012$6,600,000$6,600,000
2012-2013$4,917,073$4,917,073
2013-2014$7,600,000$7,600,000
2014-2015$7,000,000$7,000,000
2015-2016$1,800,000$1,800,000
Washington Capitals2015-2016$510,752$510,752
Los Angeles Kings2016-2017$250,000$250,000
2017-2018$250,000$250,000
2018-2019$250,000$250,000
2019-2020$250,000$250,000
2020-2021$700,000$700,000
2021-2022$900,000$900,000
2022-2023$900,000$900,000
2023-2024$700,000$700,000
Est. Earnings (19 seasons)$52,289,625$565,400$52,855,025

Source: Spotrac-cash-earnings

Mike Richards Early Life

Michael Richards started in minor league hockey in Kenora, Ontario. He played for the Kenora Thistles. In 2001, the Kitchener Rangers picked him fourth in the OHL draft. Before this, many didn’t see him as a top prospect. But the Rangers’ manager, Jamie MacDonald, had seen Richards play and saw his potential.

In 2001, Richards began playing for the Rangers. In 2003, the team won the Memorial Cup, and Richards led in scoring with 87 points. After winning, Richards became team captain. That summer, the Philadelphia Flyers drafted him 24th in the NHL Entry Draft.

Richards played with the Rangers for two more years. In the 2004-2005 season, he aimed for another Memorial Cup. Richards did well, scoring 28 points in 15 games. But the London Knights beat the Rangers in the OHL semi-finals. After this loss, the Flyers moved Richards to the Philadelphia Phantoms in the AHL. There, he helped them win the 2005 Calder Cup.

Mike Richards Career

Mike Richards Career

Michael Richards first represented Canada internationally at the 2004 World Junior Championships held in Finland. Canada had the lead in the gold medal game’s third period. They eventually lost to the United States with a score of 4–3.

In the following year, Michael Richards came back to the World Juniors as the team captain. Under his leadership, Canada clinched its first gold medal in the tournament since 1997. During the competition, Richards scored five points in six matches.

Michael Richards began his NHL journey with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2005-06 season. On October 5, 2005, he played his first NHL game against the New York Rangers and scored a goal. A few months later, on February 8, 2006, Richards achieved his first NHL hat-trick against the New York Islanders. This included two short-handed goals.

This hat trick was notable as it was the first by a Flyers rookie since Mikael Renberg’s performance in 1994. By the end of his rookie season, Richards had 34 points from 79 games. Among Flyers rookies, he ranked third in points, following Jeff Carter and R. J. Umberger. Carter, interestingly, was drafted the same year as Richards but was picked 11th overall.

In September 2008, before the start of the 2008-09 season, Michael Richards was honored as the 17th captain of the Philadelphia Flyers. He took over from Jason Smith, who moved to the Ottawa Senators. Richards made history on February 15, 2009. He became the first NHL player to score three three-on-five short-handed goals in his career. He achieved this against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, leading to a 5-2 victory.

A week later, on February 21, Richards set another record. He became the first Flyer to score a short-handed goal in three straight games. The last NHL player who did this was Joe Sakic in 1998. By the end of the season, Richards was second in team scoring, right behind Jeff Carter. He scored 80 points and led the league with seven short-handed goals.

In December 2009, Michael Richards was chosen to represent Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. On February 17, 2010, he scored a goal, helping Canada secure an 8–0 win against Norway in the tournament’s first game. Throughout the Olympics, Richards performed notably, accumulating two goals and three assists in seven games and boasting a +5 rating.

One of his standout moments came during the gold medal game. Richards made a significant play by forcing a turnover and taking a shot on goal. Jonathan Toews capitalized on the rebound, scoring the first goal for Canada. The game was intense, ending in a thrilling 3–2 overtime victory for Canada. With this win, Michael Richards earned an Olympic gold medal.

On June 23, 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers traded Michael Richards and prospect Rob Bordson to the Los Angeles Kings. In exchange, the Flyers got Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and a 2012 second-round draft pick from Los Angeles. Richards expressed his surprise at the trade, stating he was “very shocked.” However, he quickly became excited about joining the Kings and looked forward to contributing to the team.

There were rumors surrounding the reasons for the trade. A piece by Dan Gross suggested the Flyers might have traded Richards due to his “hard-partying ways.” But Paul Holmgren, the Flyers’ general manager, called this idea “preposterous.” Jeff Carter, another player from the Flyers, was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets around the same time. Speculations said that both Richards and Carter were traded because of their lengthy contracts and to free up cap space for Ilya Bryzgalov.

In January 2016, Michael Richards signed a deal with the Washington Capitals. The contract was for one year and valued at US$1 million. 

This agreement was reached after the league gave Richards the green light to sign an NHL contract.

Mike Richards Jersey

YearsTeamJersey Number
2005-2011Philadelphia Flyers18
2011-2015Los Angeles Kings10
2015-2016Washington Capitals10

Mike Richards Stats

Regular SeasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2000-01Waterloo SiskinsMwJHL10000 
2001-02Kitchener RangersOHL65203858521040116
2002-03Kitchener RangersOHL673750879935219182724
2003-04Kitchener RangersOHL58365389822110000
2004-05Kitchener RangersOHL432236587591511172836
2004-05Philadelphia PhantomsAHL14781528
2005-06Philadelphia FlyersNHL7911233465660110
2006-07Philadelphia FlyersNHL5910223252-12
2007-08Philadelphia FlyersNHL73284775761417771410
2008-09Philadelphia FlyersNHL79305080632261456
2009-10Philadelphia FlyersNHL8231316279-2237162318
2010-11Philadelphia FlyersNHL8123436662111116715
2011-12Los Angeles KingsNHL74182644713204111517
2012-13Los Angeles KingsNHL4812203242-81539128
2013-14Los Angeles KingsNHL8211304128-626371017
2014-15Los Angeles KingsNHL535111639-10
2014-15Manchester MonarchsAHL163111446
2015-16Washington CapitalsNHL392358-2120004
NHL Totals74918130648758513626618795

Source: Spotrac-cash-earnings

Transactions

DateTransaction
Jan 6 2016Signed a 1 year $1 million contract with Washington (WAS)
Jun 29 2015Released via termination of contract (material breach) by Los Angeles (LAK)
Jun 23 2011Traded to Los Angeles (LAK) from Philadelphia (PHI) for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds
Dec 13 2007Signed a 12 year $69 million contract with Philadelphia (PHI)
Jul 27 2005Signed a 3 year $2.8 million contract with Philadelphia (PHI)
Jun 21 2003Drafted by Philadelphia (PHI): Round 1 (#24 overall)
Jan 6 2016Signed a 1 year $1 million contract with Washington (WAS)
Jun 29 2015Released via termination of contract (material breach) by Los Angeles (LAK)
Jun 23 2011Traded to Los Angeles (LAK) from Philadelphia (PHI) for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds
Dec 13 2007Signed a 12 year $69 million contract with Philadelphia (PHI)
Jul 27 2005Signed a 3 year $2.8 million contract with Philadelphia (PHI)
Jun 21 2003Drafted by Philadelphia (PHI): Round 1 (#24 overall)

Source: Spotrac-transactions

Mike Richards Awards, Records, and Honors

AwardsYear
Memorial Cup championship2003
Memorial Cup All-Star Team2003
OHL Second All-Star Team2005
Calder Cup2005
NHL All-Star Game2008
Gene Hart Memorial Award2007–08
Bobby Clarke Trophy (Flyers MVP)2007–08, 2008–09
Stanley Cup2012 and 2014
World Junior gold medal2005
Winter Olympic Gold Medal2010

Mike Richards Family

Michael Richards hails from Kenora, Ontario. He was born to Norm Richards and Irene Richards. He has two siblings, both brothers, named Mark and Matt.

Mike Richards Personal Life

In March 2019, Mike Richards proposed to Cate Chant, and they got engaged. They tied the knot on July 4, 2020. Apart from his hockey career, Richards has a keen interest in fishing. After retiring from professional hockey, he even started participating in fishing tournaments.

Mike Richards Education

Mike Richards went to Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora during his early years. After being drafted to the Kitchener Rangers, he shifted to Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener for his education.

Conclusion

Mike Richards was born on February 11, 1985, in Kenora, Ontario. He’s a former professional ice hockey player. Throughout his career, he played 749 games and scored 181 goals. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003.

Richards earned a total of $52,855,025 in his career. He has a net worth of $45 million. He wore jersey number 10 and played as a center. Off the field, he is close to his family. He has parents, Norm and Irene, and two brothers, Mark and Matt.

In 2020, Mike married Cate Chant. Today, he is seen as a significant figure in Canadian ice hockey. Many young players look up to him.

FAQs

Is Mike Richards still getting paid?

Yes, Mike Richards is still getting paid by the Kings. The Kings had a salary cap hit of $3.12 million for a particular season, which affected their available cap space. However, starting from the 2020-21 season and continuing until 2031-32, the Kings will pay Mike Richards a total of $7.7 million. This breaks down to an average payment of about $641,700 per year. By the end of this payout period in 2031-32, this amount might be comparable to or even below the league’s minimum salary.

How many Stanley Cups did Mike Richards win?

Mike Richards won two Stanley Cups, both with the Los Angeles Kings, in the years 2012 and 2014.

Alice Moreno
About the author

Hi, I'm Alice Moreno. I've been writing about celebrities since 2005. I love sharing stories about famous people and finding out how much they're worth. I studied Journalism and enjoy digging for facts to make sure everything I write is true.

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