Brad Richardson represents region in Cup finals
Los Angeles Kings center Brad Richardson (15) teammate, defenseman Rob Scuderi, center, help goalie Jonathan Quick (32) from letting Ottawa Senators left wing Colin Greening, middle left, shot from scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 4-1.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Published Saturday, May 26, 2012 2:32PM EDT
Belleville's Brad Richardson is representing our region in the Stanley Cup Final, although fans of some local teams will have alumni to cheer for as well.
The Los Angeles Kings forward has played in 11 of the team's 14 playoff games, scoring a goal in Game 5 of their first-round series against Vancouver.
The graduate of the Quinte Red Devils program played in 59 games in the regular season, scoring five goals and adding three assists.
Richardson will be facing off against two forwards on the New Jersey Devils that played for local junior teams: David Clarkson, who played 25 games with the Belleville Bulls in 2001/ 2002 and Dainius Zubrus, an alum of the CCHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings.
Larry Robinson, a member of the Devils' coaching staff, was born in Winchester, Ont., in 1951
The region would have been better represented had the Phoenix Coyotes beaten the Kings, as Ottawa's Adrian Aucoin and Verona's Mike Smith ply their trade in the desert.
New York Rangers goaltender Martin Biron played for the then-Hull Olympiques in the 1996-97 QMJHL season, appearing in 16 games.
After winning the Stanley Cup, players and team staff each get a day with the trophy which they often bring back to their hometown.
Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and then-Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Eager are among those to bring the Cup to Ottawa in recent years.