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Todd Richards

Todd Richards was named head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on May 14, 2012 after serving as the club’s interim head coach from Jan. 9, 2012 through the end of the 2011-12 season. He has guided the Blue Jackets to a 127-105-21 record in 253 games, leading the team to back-to-back 40-win campaigns and three winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. His 127 wins and .543 winning percentage are the best in franchise history.

Columbus compiled a 42-35-5 record in 2014-15, including a 36-20-3 mark from December 1 through the end of the regular season. Richards earned his 200th NHL coaching victory on April 2 vs. the NY Islanders and surpassed Ken Hitchcock for the most wins in club history with his 126th victory on April 10 vs. Buffalo.

In 2013-14, he led Columbus to a 43-32-7 record, setting franchise marks for wins and points (93) in a season as the Blue Jackets qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in club history. In 2012-13, he led the Blue Jackets to a 24-17-7 record, including a 19-5-5 mark over the final 29 games of the abbreviated season. The .573 winning percentage that season is the best in franchise history and the club finished tied for eighth in the Western Conference with 55 points.

Richards, who joined the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on June 20, 2011, was named the head coach of Team USA for the 2015 IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic and served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He has compiled a 204-176-37 record (.534) in five-plus seasons as an NHL head coach, including a 77-71-16 mark in two seasons as the head coach of the Minnesota Wild from 2009-11. After being named the second head coach in Wild history on June 16, 2009, he led the club to a 38-36-8 record in 2009-10 and a 39-35-8 mark in 2010-11.

In seven full seasons as a head coach, including five in the National Hockey League and two in the American Hockey League, Richards has led his teams to winning records in each campaign. He also served as an assistant coach with San Jose in 2008-09, helping the Sharks capture the Presidents’ Trophy with an NHL-best 53-18-11 record.

Prior to his stint with San Jose, Richards was the head coach of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from 2006-08, compiling a 98-49-13 record and leading the club to the 2008 Calder Cup Final. He also coached the PlanetUSA squad at the 2007 Rbk Hockey/AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto. He began his coaching career as an assistant with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals from 2002-06, helping the club to a pair of West Division titles, two appearances in the Calder Cup Final and the 2004 Calder Cup championship.

Richards played four seasons at the University of Minnesota from 1985-89. He was a three-time WCHA Second All-Star Team pick, helping the Golden Gophers win Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) titles in 1988 and 1989 and reach the NCAA title game in 1989. He served as the team’s captain and earned Second Team All-America honors as a senior. He is the University of Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen with 30-128-158.

Montreal’s third pick, 33rd overall, in the 1985 NHL Draft, Richards made his professional debut in 1990 and appeared in eight career NHL games with the Hartford Whalers between 1990-92, collecting four assists and four penalty minutes. His playing career spanned 13 seasons, mostly in the AHL and International Hockey League. He helped Springfield win the 1991 Calder Cup championship, was a three-time IHL All-Star and won the 2001 Turner Cup title with the Orlando Solar Bears. He wrapped up his career in 2001-02 with Servette Geneve in Switzerland.  

Richards was born on Oct. 20, 1966 in Crystal, Minnesota. He and his wife, Maryann, are the parents of sons, Zachary and Justin. 

Todd Richards Coaching Career
Year Team League GP W L OT Pts. Pct.
2006-07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton AHL 80 51 23 6 108 .675
2007-08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton AHL 80 47 26 7 101 .631
2009-10 Minnesota NHL 82 38 36 8 84 .512
2010-11 Minnesota NHL 82 39 35 8 86 .524
2011-12 COLUMBUS NHL 41 18 21 2 38 .463
2012-13 COLUMBUS NHL 48 24 17 7 55 .573
2013-14 COLUMBUS NHL 82 43 32 7 93 .567
2014-15 COLUMBUS NHL 82 42 35 5 89 .543
Totals CBJ 253 127 105 21 .534
  NHL 417 204 176 37 .534
AHL 160 98 49 13 .518

CRAIG HARTSBURG, Associate Coach
Craig Hartsburg

Craig Hartsburg was named associate coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 20, 2012, joining the club after spending the 2011-12 campaign as associate coach with the Calgary Flames. He brings over two decades of coaching experience to Columbus, including stints as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks from 1995-98, Anaheim Ducks from 1998-2001 and Ottawa Senators in 2008-09. He led his clubs to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three of his five full seasons as a head coach and also served as an assistant coach with the Minnesota North Stars (1989-90) and Philadelphia Flyers (1990-94, 2002-04).

Prior to joining the Flames, Hartsburg spent two seasons as the head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips, leading the club to a 75-54-16 record and a pair of playoff appearances from 2009-11, and was named 2010 WHL Western Conference Coach of the Year. He posted a 181-117-42 record with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2001-02 (OHL Coach of the Year) and 2004-08, leading the club to a pair of West Division titles. In 1994-1995, he guided the OHL’s Guelph Storm to a 47-14-5 mark and the Central Division championship, earning Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year honors.

Hartsburg has been a part of Team Canada coaching staffs that won three-straight gold medals at the World Junior Championships. As head coach, he led Team Canada to consecutive gold medals at the 2007 and 2008 WJC tournaments and was an assistant coach to Brent Sutter when the squad won gold at the 2006 tournament.

A defenseman, Hartsburg was the first pick, sixth overall, of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1979 NHL Draft and went on to play 10 seasons with the club, registering 98-315-413 with 818 penalty minutes in 570 games from 1979-89. He helped the North Stars advance to the 1981 Stanley Cup Final and appeared in the 1980, 1982 and 1983 All-Star Games. His best season was 1981-82, when he set career highs for goals, assists and points, 17-60-77, in 76 games.

Hartsburg played junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 1975-78 and made his professional debut with the World Hockey Association’s Birmingham Bulls in 1978-89. He also represented Canada at the 1978 World Junior Championships and the 1981 and 1987 Canada Cup Tournaments, and was named the top defenseman at the 1987 World Championships.

Hartsburg was born on June 29, 1959 in Stratford, Ontario. He and his wife, Peggy, are the parents of son, Chris and daughter, Katie, and grandparents to Colin and Blake.

BRAD LARSEN, Assistant Coach
Craig Hartsburg Former Springfield Falcons Head Coach Brad Larsen joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on Head Coach Todd Richards’ staff on June 16, 2014.

Originally hired by the Falcons as an assistant coach prior to the 2010-11 season, Larsen was promoted to head coach on May 21, 2012 and guided the club to a 92-45-15 record and a pair of Northeast Division titles in two seasons behind the bench. In his first year, he guided Springfield to a 45-22-9 record (99 pts.), which represented a 21-point improvement over the previous season. The Falcons posted the first 100-point campaign in franchise history in 2013-14, finishing with the AHL’s third-best record at 47-23-6 (100 pts.).

Larsen enjoyed a 13-year playing career that saw him register 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points and 134 penalty minutes in 294 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers. He also appeared in 384 career AHL contests before retiring at the end of the 2009-10 season.

Larsen was born on June 28, 1977 in Nakusp, British Columbia. He and his wife, Hannah, are the parents of a son, Ty, and daughter, Faith.

KENNY MCCUDDEN, Assistant Coach
Craig Hartsburg McCudden joined the Blue Jackets in June 2015 after spending 16 seasons as the skating and skills coach of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

The Chicago native, who originally joined the Wolves in 1994, spent three seasons with the club from 1994-97 and then returned prior to the 2002-03 season. He was a part of teams that qualified for the former International Hockey League Turner Cup Playoffs three times and the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs on eight occasions. He helped the Wolves advance to the 2005 Calder Cup Final and capture the Calder Cup championship in 2008.

McCudden has worked with numerous NHL players and instructed at prospect camps for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers, as well as the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves and the Ontario Hockey Association. He was the skating and skills coach for the United States Women’s National Team from 2011-14. His stint with Team USA included serving as a scout for the silver medal-winning squad at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The operator and owner of Ice Company Hockey Schools, he has worked with thousands of youth and amateur players in the Chicago-area since 1990. McCudden began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1979 as a 17-year-old stick boy and was the team’s assistant equipment manager when he left the organization in 1985.

IAN CLARK, Goaltending Coach
Ian Clark

Ian Clark joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as goaltending coach on June 6, 2011. He came to the organization after serving as the goaltending coach and consultant for the Vancouver Canucks from 2002-10.

In addition to his eight years with the Canucks organization, Clark was also a member of Team Canada’s coaching staff at the World Junior Championships from 2003-06, winning silver medals in 2003 and 2004 and capturing gold in 2005 and 2006. He also served as the goaltending consultant for the Florida Panthers (2001-02) and Sweden’s MODO Hockey.

Recognized as a leading educator of the goaltending position, Clark’s knowledge and innovative approach have attracted high-performance goaltenders at the NHL, international, minor pro, major junior and NCAA levels. In addition to the Blue Jackets goaltenders, the list of goaltenders he has worked with includes Roberto Luongo, Cam Ward, Marc-Andre Fleury, Cory Schneider, Johan Hedberg and Mathieu Garon, amongst others. He was the founder of the Goaltender Development Institute and served as technical author of “From the Crease – The Self Development Guide to Hockey Goaltending” from 1998-2003 and The Goalie News from 2003-08.

Clark was born on May 12, 1966 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His family includes wife, Debbie, and their sons, Morgan, Christopher, Samuel, Collins, Jason and Blake.

KEVIN COLLINS, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Kevin Collins

Kevin Collins was named strength and conditioning coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 29, 2010.

Collins joined the Blue Jackets after spending the previous five seasons with the Buffalo Sabres organization as strength and conditioning/video coach. He spent two seasons with the Portland Pirates (2008-10) and the previous three with the Rochester Americans (2005-08), the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliates. He started his career as an intern for Sabres Strength and Conditioning Coach Doug McKenney in 2004-05.

A Detroit, Michigan native, Collins played four years of collegiate hockey at SUNY Brockport, where he graduated with degrees in Exercise Physiology and Business Management. He is certified through National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Collins was born April 11, 1982. He and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of a daughter, Audrey.

CHRIS CLARK, Development Coach
Chris Clark

Former Columbus Blue Jackets forward Chris Clark joined the organization’s hockey operations department on June 5, 2012, when he was named development coach for the club.

In his role, Clark primarily works with young players throughout the organization, assisting with the development of prospects playing in the professional minor leagues, various major junior leagues and college hockey.

Clark registered 103-111-214 and 700 penalty minutes in 607 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames. The South Windsor, Connecticut native appeared in 89 games with Columbus between 2009-11 and notched 8-12-20 and 59 penalty minutes while serving as an alternate captain. He spent four-plus seasons with the Capitals, tallying 60-63-123 and 278 penalty minutes in 240 games with the club and serving as captain from 2006-09.

Calgary’s third pick, 77th overall, in the 1994 Draft, Clark earned All-ECAC honors during four seasons at Clarkson University from 1994-98. He spent six seasons in the Flames organization from 1998-04, including 2003-04 when he collected 10-15-25 and 106 penalty minutes in 82 games and added 3-3-6 and 30 penalty minutes in 26 playoff games to help the Flames reach the Stanley Cup Final.

DAN SINGLETON, Video Assistant Coach
Dan Singleton

Dan Singleton joined the Blue Jackets in September 2000 as video coordinator and was named video assistant coach in June 2011. He came to Columbus after spending the previous six years as the video coordinator for the Michigan State University hockey team.

Born in Boulder, Colorado, he grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and attended McGill University in Montreal, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1994. He then went to Michigan State, where he earned a master’s degree in sports psychology in 1998.

Singleton and his wife, Karin, are parents of sons, Braeden and Ewan, and daughter, Claire. 


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