Grieving Richardson 'doing okay'

Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson's 14-year-old daughter, Daron, died last month. (ERROL...

Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson's 14-year-old daughter, Daron, died last month. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

A little more than a month after the death of 14-year-old Daron Richardson, the Senators are still without her father.

Assistant coach Luke Richardson has yet to return to work, but has been in contact with Cory Clouston, who encourages his  grieving friend to proceed at the most comfortable pace possible.

Devastation struck the team, the community, the entire hockey world, when Richardson and his wife Stephanie lost their youngest to a suicide Nov. 13.

“He’s doing okay,” Clouston said Wednesday. “We communicate a lot through texts, sometimes it’s tough for him to talk. 

“He’s doing what he needs to do with his family. Spending a lot of time with his wife and Morgan, his daughter. He’s still helping (her) team out, he’s coaching that team. I know they travel a lot on the weekends, they play a lot of games. He enjoys that. He enjoys his time, his team, with his daughter, and to me that’s the most important thing right now. He’s making strides. Each day has its moments. Some days are better than others. But we hope to see him with us sooner than later.”

Clouston would not talk about when Luke might return.

“I appreciate you asking actually, to be honest, because he is obviously missed, and we want him back quickly,” said Clouston. “But we also know that he needs to spend time with his family right now. Soon as he comes, we’ll welcome him with open arms.”


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