Luke Richardson spent one season with the Ottawa West Golden Knights, but his legacy with the Eastern Ontario Jr. B club has lasted a lifetime.
To show their appreciation, the Knights are retiring the defenceman's No. 21 Monday night at Barbara Ann Scott Arena before a playoff game.
"To have my number retired in my home town, and by a junior team that has such a storied history is an honour that I will cherish forever," said Richardson, who joined the Knights as a 15-year-old for the 1984-85 season before he was drafted by the Peterborough Petes of the OHL.
Richardson went on to a 21-year NHL career with the Maple Leafs, Oilers, Flyers, Blue Jackets, Lightning and Senators, with whom he is now an assistant coach.
Richardson had five goals and 26 assists in 35 games for the Knights, but his impact went far beyond the ice.
"Given all that Luke and his father Glenn have done for our organization over the years, this is long overdue," said Knights owner Blake Sinclair. "They are an integral part of why this organization is considered the Cadillac of Junior B franchises."
The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors and $6 for children). As part of the celebration, Mayor Larry O'Brien will declare Monday Luke Richardson Day.