Tag: Luke Richardson

Jakob Silfverberg

Jakob Silfverberg turning heads and earning high praise in AHL

Last season when Senators prospect Jakob Silfverberg made his debut with Ottawa, it came as a bit of a surprise. After all, he had spent most of his time in the Swedish Elite League and when he came here last season, he made his debut in the playoffs.

In the playoffs, he played on the fourth line, but his time spent in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators this season has been on the team’s top line leading the way in points. While he’s earned comparisons to Daniel Alfredsson, learning the North American game and playing on a smaller ice surface is the biggest adjustment he has to make.

“It’s a big difference to play on a North American-sized ice rink,” Silfverberg says. “I didn’t expect the difference to be as big as this. I thought I’d be able to just jump in the game and be ready to go. I’d been struggling a lot early in the season turning pucks over in the wrong places and if you do that on the North American ice you’re most likely going to get caught going in the wrong end.”

Silfverberg gives a lot of credit to his breakout this season to Binghamton coach Luke Richardson, a guy who’s earned his own compliments from the team.

“It has to do with a lot of confidence and a lot to do with the coach telling me to play how I want to play. I feel like I get a lot of confidence from the coach and I feel like I’m playing good out there now.”

Would Ottawa coach Paul MacLean approve of “playing how he wants to?” Silfverberg isn’t quite so sure of that.

“Ha! I don’t know about that,” he says with a laugh. “You still have to know when to chip the puck in or to make a play. You still have to keep the creativity you have in you. That’s what makes a team good. Every player’s got their own creativity and everyone is good at different things.”

Silfverberg’s play is earning him praise from opponents as well. Phoenix Coyotes young star defenseman and current Portland Pirates leader Oliver Ekman-Larsson speaks well of his fellow countryman.

“You always have to check your shoulder to know he’s out there,” Ekman-Larsson says. “He’s a really good player. Good shot, good skater, good hockey sense.”

Judging by what Silfverberg was able to do in their 6-1 win over Portland on Friday night, he’s got the good stuff down pat.

PHT Morning Skate: Where teams have high hopes for young talent in camps

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Since the Pens drafted Beau Bennett in 2010, he’s gotten another inch taller and added 34 pounds going from 173 to 207. Whoa! (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Teuvo Teravainen has been tearing it up in Chicago’s prospect camp. (NHL.com)

Philly’s Scott Laughton could be yet another two-way forward talent for them in the future. (CSNPhilly.com)

Teemu Pulkkinen has the highest of high hopes for when it’s his time to become a Red Wing. (Detroit Free Press)

Alex Pietrangelo is already back training looking to improve upon his monster season in St. Louis. (Post-Dispatch)

The Senators are helping Luke Richardson settle into his first coaching gig with their AHL team in Binghamton. (Senators Extra)

Mike Green and John Carlson are close to signing new deals in Washington. (CSNWashington.com)

Count Eric Lindros in amongst those helping out with concussion awareness. (CSNPhilly.com)

CBA fun columns: Adrian Dater says his piece (Denver Post) As does Mark Whicker (OC Register) and finally Larry Brooks sounds off (New York Post)

Luke Richardson discusses daughter’s suicide, promotes ‘Do it for Daron’ campaign


While the act of suicide seems like a very personal and sad decision, such a choice can have a huge impact on that person’s family. Former NHL defenseman Luke Richardson’s family was devastated by the death of 14-year-old daughter Daron in November, but they are trying to raise awareness regarding the issue by running a “Do it for Daron” campaign.

Next Tuesday, February 8th will mark a big day for that campaign, as Alan Adams of NHL Fanhouse reports that the group’s first annual Do it For Daron Purple Pledge day will take place. Adams writes that Richardson hopes to raise money and awareness to treat mental health issues that might lead to suicides.

Richardson himself donated $100,000 to the cause, matching the impressive amount reportedly generated by Daron’s high school friends.

“At that very tragic time in November we made the decision to speak publicly about suicide because we wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives,” Richardson told reporters. “We want to be honest in the hopes we can help another family avoid the loss of someone special to them.”

Richardson said his family’s own lack of knowledge “put us in this path of disbelief, sorrow and despair.”

Richardson also appealed to parents, coaches, teachers and friends to reach out to someone on Feb. 8 and talk about depression, mental health and suicide.

“We have an opportunity to be a model for other cities and communities,” Richardson said. “We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide.”

To learn more about the “D.I.F.D.” campaign, visit the Web site.

(Photo via NHL Fanhouse and Getty Images.)

Richardson family tries to raise awareness of teen suicide after daughter’s death

A tragic moment underscored the trivial nature of hockey on Friday, as Luke Richardson’s 14-year-old daughter Daron committed suicide.

It’s obvious that the moment was devastating, but the Richardson family hopes to wring a few positives out of a tragic situation. For one thing, The Canadian Press reports that the family decided to donate Daron’s organs to help others live. Apparently four different people benefited from that decision.

Moving further, the family used their daughter’s death to increase awareness of teenage suicide. They were courageously open about the details of their daughter’s death and decided to make the funeral public.

The public ceremony drew a crowd of about 5,600, including more than 100 NHL alumni, to the suburban hockey rink on a blustery, wet weekday morning,

Richardson is a former defenceman who played 21 seasons in the NHL with six different teams and those grieving with the family included Paul Coffey, Shayne Corson, Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Ron Hextall, Bill Ranford and a host of other former NHL stars. A teary Garry Galley was the master of ceremonies.

The entire Senators hockey club abbreviated a four-game road trip to return home for the ceremony and flew out immediately afterward for a game Wednesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

For video of the ceremony, click here. The CP reports that people make donations to the Royal Ottawa Health Foundation’s Youth Program rather than sending forwards in honor of Daron.

Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson’s daughter dies

Horrible news out of Ottawa tonight: Daron Richardson died after being rushed to the hospital on Friday night. Daron was the 14-year-old daughter of former player and Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson.

Here is more information about the awful situation from the Associated Press.

Daron Richardson, 14, was rushed to the hospital Friday, the Senators said in a statement.

“There was an accident at their home (Friday) and Daron tried to take her life by hanging,” the statement read. “Her mother found her in the basement, and Daron was rushed to the hospital by ambulance where she remained in critical condition in ICU until she succumbed to her injuries.”

Luke Richardson played 21 seasons in the NHL with Toronto, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Columbus, Tampa Bay and Ottawa. He retired in 2008, finishing with 35 goals and 166 assists in 1,417 games.

Our hearts go out to Luke and his family on what must be a very difficult night.