Not so pleasant summer for Richards

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:45 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- It was a short and not so pleasant summer for Mike Richards.

The Philadelphia Flyers captain went home to Northern Ontario after the Flyers lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup final in June.

You'd figure joining the mosquitoes and blackflies up in the woods near Kenora would be a good way to escape the disappointment of losing, but no.

Problem is 'Hawks captain Jonathan Toews, who is from Winnipeg, kept popping up here and there, a grim reminder for Richards about what happened.

"Seeing Jonathan around a few times, I was happy for him, but you get the urge to be in the place he was in," said Richards, who was on hand at the Flyers practice facility for the unveiling of the team's road jersey for the 2010-11 season.

"Maybe it's a little more motivation, but at the same time, it's a long year and a long way ahead of you. It's something to strive for."

Richards said he hasn't spent much time thinking about the Flyers' loss in six games.

"I wasn't looking for the tape. If you think about it too much, it brings you down," he said. "The heartbreaking way it ended just makes it tougher.

"We know how hard it is to get to the point where we were last year. There's things you grab onto and things you let go."

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca


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