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Rangers’ Richards, Gaborik, Eminger help clean up Sandy-devastated Queens’ community

Nov 22, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on November 29, 2011 in New York City.
(November 28, 2011 - Source: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, and Steve Eminger already participated charity event to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and raised $10,000 in the process.

That alone was a great service to the community, but when former New York firefighter Matt Long asked Richards if he’d help clean up Breezy Point community, Richards agreed and brought Gaborik and Eminger along with him, according to an ESPN report.

Richards had previously met Long at a Rangers’ team event and at the time had offered his services to Long if he wanted to partner up.

“There were no cameras, no one was watching. It was just Brad Richards, down there getting dirty, ankle-deep in water, pouring garbage out of 100-year-old houses,” Long said.

Long’s brother, Chris, was among those who needed his house gutted and torn down. Chris is also a big Rangers fan and cheered up when Richards came to help him out.

“It was the first time he smiled since it happened,” Long said of his brother.

Richards is known for his community work and with the lockout dragging on, he’s spent some of that extra free time helping others.

“We’re doing it because we can. We’re in a position to do it and it’s fun for us,” Richards said. “A lot of us don’t like talking about it. We want awareness for it because we want to get the numbers up, [but] guys do a lot of this stuff and it goes unnoticed.

“We just want to be part of the community. It’s a tough time for these guys.”

  1. blomfeld - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    The Rangers Rock !

    Another terrific article about “quality” individuals doing “quality” deeds ! Isn’t it so true how trying times always seem to bring out either the very “best” or very “worst” in people ? It’s almost like adversity can provide a portal to a person’s true being ? Anyway, as an ardent and values-driven LA Kings fan, I have no problem acknowledging the fact that Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Steve Eminger are all “quality” life forms ! :)

    • valoisvipers - Nov 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      As are you!

  2. tfaltin - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Proud of my Blueshirts. Another example of NHLers being the most grounded and genuine individuals. Just hoping Gabby doesn’t get hurt…

  3. ndrick731 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    I don’t seem to notice any spoiled Yankees or Mets players out their doing anything. This is why the only professional athletes I have respect for is hockey players.

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