Taking Liberties With… Brad Richardson
Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes
Acquired: Signed with Arizona as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2015
Hometown: Belleville, Ont., Canada
Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up?
Brad Richardson: I have many great memories. Growing up, and to play hockey in Canada was pretty special. The thing I remember the most and enjoyed the most was getting on the pond, playing on the ponds and lakes that were frozen. That was the most fun you’re ever going to have playing. You didn’t care about much, but you’re having fun with your buddies. That’s something I remember the most.
AZR: What’s your favorite memory in the game since leaving junior hockey?
BR: Easy one. That was in 2012 winning the Stanley Cup with L. A. That was definitely a dream come true. Plus, heck of a party after, too. When you get to the NHL, that’s something you definitely want to win.
AZR: Who have been the biggest influences on you, on and off the ice?
BR: The biggest influence was my dad and my parents. My dad coached me most of the way up until I got to juniors (with the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack in 2001). I owe him a lot. He still watches every game and even with the time change. Still getting some coaching advice from him.
AZR: What’s the best piece of advice you have for young hockey players and/or their parents?
BR: I still love the game so much, and that means just go out and have fun. I always had fun playing the game and try and laugh every day. I really enjoy it. My dad always said when you work hard, make sure you’re enjoying the moment and have fun.
AZR: What does your game-day routine look like?
BR: I’m a big breakfast guy, so I always have a huge breakfast. Then, a lighter lunch and try to nap for 45 minutes to an hour. Turn around and then come to the game. I’ll drive to the game, and not much of a routine when I get to the rink. Just get warmed up and have a cup of coffee, and away we go.
AZR: Do you have a favorite meal or restaurant here in the Phoenix area?
BR: The best restaurant is the Hideaway (in Cave Creek). Love the food there. Been there a few times and my wife loves that place. That’s probably the best food I’ve had here, and I know there are lots of great restaurants. That one sticks out.
AZR: What are some essential items you take on a road trip?
BR: Depends on the length of a road trip. The essentials would be my iPad, headphones, and then a couple extra sets of underwear.
AZR: Did you have a favorite hockey player growing up?
BR: Probably two. First Wayne Gretzky and then Joe Sakic. Lucky enough to play with Joe for a few years (with the Colorado Avalanche from 2005-07), which was pretty cool.
— Compiled by Mark Brown