Nine years, four cities and 2,800 miles cannot break the bond New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer and Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards share.
Neither will the Stanley Cup.
"I love Richie. You know, we won together. He grew up in the organization I was running," DeBoer said of Richards during his media availability at the Prudential Center Tuesday afternoon.
DeBoer was Richards' coach on the 2003 Memorial Cup Championship-winning Kitchener Rangers squad. That team outscored the three teams it played in the tournament -- the Quebec Major Junior League's Quebec Remparts, the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques and the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets -- 18-9. Richards finished the tournament with five points (two goals and three assists).
"He's a great kid. He's one of those guys you want in the foxhole with you if you're going to war," DeBoer said. "I also know we have some of those guys on our team, too. It will be a great battle."
Said Richards of his former coach: "He taught ...