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Raised in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia, goaltender Mike Richter played prep school hockey at the Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York before playing 2 seasons of NCAA hockey at the University of Wisconsin. After playing for the United States in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Richter joined the Rangers organization, and would make his NHL debut in the 1989 playoffs, playing 1game before joining the Rangers fulltime the following season. Richter entered the 1993/94 season as the team’s undisputed number 1 goaltender, and would set a career best 42 wins (also a Rangers team record) and 2.57 GAA, backstopping the Rangers to a Presidents Trophy as the NHL team with the most points. In the 1994 playoffs, Richter and the Rangers took their game up another notch, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games to claim the 1994 Stanley Cup. Richter would continue to play 9 more seasons for the Rangers, with injuries forcing him to retire during the 2002/03 season. In addition to Richter’s appearance at the 1988 Olympic, Richter backstopped the USA to the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, earning tournament MVP in the process and to a Silver Medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

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