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Twitter Thursday: Mike Richards might love L.A. more than Randy Newman

Jan 5, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

This feature profiles an NHLer that’s making noise on the Twitter machine.

When Mike Richards was shipped off to Los Angeles this summer, many wondered how the former Flyers captain would react to the move. Richards had, after all, spent the majority of his hockey career in decidedly cold-weather, blue-collar cities — first in Kitchener, Ontario (where he served as the captain of the OHL’s Rangers) then in Philly, where he wore a letter on his sweater for four of six seasons.

The captaincies suggest he wasn’t just a player on these teams — he was the face of the franchise, the leader, the guy people identified with the organization.

Kinda funny, then, how that same guy now spends his days surfing and wearing sheepskin-lined footwear.

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Anyone else envisioning Richards walking down the Venice Boardwalk in UGG boots like Jason Segel in I Love You, Man? Or is that just me?

I also have to point out that Richards took a decidedly laid-back approach to getting rid of his Christmas tree which, as of Jan. 3, was still standing.

Though let’s be clear about something — you can’t blame Los Angeles livin’ for the lack of tree removal, because Buffalo’s Derek Roy tweeted this less than 24 hours ago:

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The hat’s a nice touch.

  1. kingjoe1 - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Oh good for him, more places to drink instead of focusing on hockey.

  2. trbowman - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Ya, and there’s the hot babes compared to what Philly offers.

  3. marchris72 - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Focused on hockey, as always…real captain material.

  4. danphipps01 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Oh, Lord forgive a man for having a life outside his job, since obviously all you working joes are one-hundred percent devoted to your careers and have no hobbies. =/

  5. flyeredup2 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    @Danphipps01 – In the past, his hobbies outside the job have affect the way he does his job, that is why he’s not in Philly anymore. LA will eventually see that side of Ritchie, some games he’s brilliant, others you won’t even know he’s at the rink that night. The guy is a tremendous talent, he just needs to get his priorities straight.

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