Luke Richardson enters his third season coaching the Binghamton Senators. Fresh off back-to-back 44 win seasons and an East Division Championship last year, Richardson will once again look to guide the B-Sens into the postseason.
With Richardson at the helm this past season, Binghamton led the American Hockey League with 276 goals en route to Binghamtons first Division Championship since the 2004-05 season. Despite the season-long success, the B-Sens were bounced from the Calder Cup Playoffs after four games in the opening round for the second consecutive year by division rival the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
In Richardsons inaugural season behind the B-Sens bench he guided the team to 44 wins which was good for 96 points and a second-place finish in the East Division. Through injuries and frequent player call-ups to the parent club, the Ottawa Senators, Richardson continuously showed his ability to put quality and competitive skaters on the ice.
After retiring from the National Hockey League (and the Ottawa Senators) early in the 2008-09 season, the 20-year NHL veteran was named a part-time member of the Senators coaching staff for the final three months of the season. He remained in that role until assuming his current position with Binghamton.
An Ottawa native, Richardson played in 1,417 NHL contests over his career, which ranks him 26th all-time in that category. After playing two seasons with the Ontario Hockey Leagues Peterborough Petes, he was a first-round selection (seventh overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He immediately made the jump to professional hockey, appearing in all but two of the Maple Leafs 80 games during his rookie season of 1987-88.
After four seasons in Toronto, Richardson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on Sept. 19, 1991. In his first season in Edmonton, Richardson helped the Oilers to the 1992 Campbell Conference final, where the team was swept by the Stanley Cup finalist Chicago Blackhawks. After six seasons with the Oilers, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers ahead of the 1997-98 campaign. It was with the Flyers that Richardson enjoyed his greatest team success as Philadelphia qualified for the NHL postseason in four of his five seasons with the club. He came within one game of what would have been his only Stanley Cup final appearance when Philadelphia was defeated in Game 7 of the 1999-2000 Eastern Conference final by the New Jersey Devils.
Following a five-year stint with Philadelphia, Richardson signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets before the 2002-03 campaign. He spent three seasons with the Blue Jackets, two of which were as the teams captain. He was reacquired by the Maple Leafs late in the 2005-06 season, but signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the conclusion of that campaign. Richardsons final NHL stop was with Ottawa, where he played a total of 78 games over parts of two seasons. His final game occurred in a 4-3 Senators setback to the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 24, 2008. In total, Richardsons 1,417 game playing career saw him record 201 points (35 goals, 166 assists) and 2,055 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 69 NHL post-season contests, during which he recorded eight assists in addition to 130 penalty minutes.
Internationally, Richardson represented Canada at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship in what was then Czechoslovakia, and later earned a silver medal at the 1996 World Hockey Championship in Austria.
Richardson and his wife, Stephanie, make their off-season home in Ottawa and are the parents of two daughters, Morgan and Daron. Following Darons sudden passing in November 2010, the Ottawa community reached out compassionately and joined in inspiring conversations aimed at supporting young people who suffer in silence from the pain and stigma associated with mental illness. For more information on youth mental health and the annual Purple Pledge Day, please visit the D.I.F.D. website at www.doitfordaron.com.
|Executive Vice President of Operations||Tom Mitchell|
|Vice President of Marketing & Business Development||Terrance Buczkowski|
|Vice President of Sales||Jason Camp|
|Director of Media & Community Relations/Corporate Partnerships Representative||Joe Battaglini|
|Director of Merchandising/Corporate Partnerships Representative||Dan Mallery|
|Director of Game Day Operations/Corporate Partnerships Representative||Michael Karpowich|
|Director of Broadcasting||Grady Whittenburg|
|Director of Video Operations||Josh Williams|
|Finance Coordinator||Janette Kemmerer|
|Accounting/Administrative Assistant||Kara Kellett-Williams|
|Assistant Ticketing Manager/Customer Accounts Specialist||Nicole Del Villano|
|Senior Group Sales Representative||Stephen Popoloski|
|Personal Group Sales Representative||Brian Manley|
|Personal Group Sales Representative||Alexis Lewandowski|
|General Manager||Randy Lee|
|Head Coach||Luke Richardson|
|Assistant Coach||Steve Stirling|
|Video Coach||Tim Marks|
|Equipment Manager||Tom Severance|
|Athletic Therapist||Jeff Andrews|
|Assistant Equipment Manager||John Crawley|
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