Mike Richter missed hockey when a lockout kept the star goalie and his New York Rangers teammates off the ice 18 years ago. Now as a parent and an observer of the game, Richter is feeling the loss all over again.
''It's very disappointing,'' he said. ''It's disappointing to be a player. Someone made the point the other day that the average life of a player in the NHL is just over four years, and you don't want to give away 25 percent of that by missing a season. You don't get it back, and it's not just the money. You don't get the opportunity to perform, you don't get to win the Stanley Cup that year, you don't get to compete and hone your skills.''
Richter will put his talent on display Sunday in the middle of Manhattan and will instruct kids at Bryant Park as he hosts the Citi Mike Richter Hockey ProCamp for boys and girls ages 7-14.
Just because the NHL is shut down, that doesn't mean that hockey has to disappear altogether.
''The sport of hockey is so much fun, and fans are ...