Drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in the 10th round, 205th overall, only 5 players were drafted after Dave in the 1980 draft. Dave graduated from Michigan University and made his NHL debut on March 13, 1982 against the St. Louis Blues. He spent the majority of the 82-83 season in the minors but became a semi-regular with the North Stars in 1983-84. On December 12, 1983, he scored his first career NHL goal against Glen Hanlon (a previous Lost Card recipient) of the New York Rangers in a 6-4 loss. Richter finished the season with 2 goals, 5 points, and 132 PIM in 42 games. Richter had another semi-regular season with the North Stars, playing in 55 games, netting 10 points and was second on the team with 221 PIM.
Ritcher, who misses games every season due to minor injuries, started the season injured but finally became a regular with the North Stars until he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers at the end of November, 1985. The trade brought Todd Bergen to the North Stars, who was covered in a previous Lost Rookies. Richter's style seemed like a perfect match for the Flyers, as he become the resident tough guy on defence. Instead, his time with the Flyers was short. Richter had 2 assists, and 138 PIM in 50 games. The Flyers were the top team in Wales conference, 110pts, but were upset by the New York Rangers, 78pts, in the first round of the play-offs. Richter was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in the off-season.
Richter had a career year with the Canucks in 86-87, setting career highs in games, 78, assists, 15, and points, 17, while tying a career high in goals with two. He also let loose on offensive by setting a career high with 35 shots, including a four shot outburst against the New York Rangers. OPC took notice of the burly dman accomplishments and bestowed a rookie card upon Richter.
Richter returned to earth the next season with 6 points in 49 games. He did set a career high in PIM, with 224. His season was cut short when he was suspended 10 games for leaving the penalty box to join a fight. After getting into a fight earlier in the period, Richter was still in the box when the period ended with a skirmish breaking out in the Islanders end. Richter joined the fray, instead of staying in the box or headed to his team's bench. Richter got into a fight, got suspended and then got traded in the off-season.
Richter was traded to the St. Louis Blues for defenceman Robert Nordmark and a 2nd round draft pick in the 1990 draft, which seems a lot to trade for a third pairing defenceman. Although the Blues were desperate to toughen up. The 1990 draft pick later went back to the Blues in a multi-player trade that sent the Blues 1991 2nd round draft pick to the Canucks. So they basically traded the Blues back their 1990 2nd rounder for the Blues 1991 2nd rounder. The Canucks then traded the 1991 second round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Jyrki Lumme. So the Canucks basically traded Richter for Nordmark, and Lumme. It's amazing how much, and the many ways, the Blues contributed to the Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup run.
|1989-90 OPC Dave Richter|
To rectify an OPC omissions of the Dave Richter, I mocked up this 1984-85 OPC Dave Richter Lost Rookie card. I also made a 89-90 OPC card of Richter as a Blue above. I couldn't find any reasonable Flyers pictures of Richter, so I wasn't able to add a Flyers card as well.
|1984-85 OPC #403 Dave Richter|
|1984-85 OPC #403 Dave Richter|