Brad Richards discusses his appearance in the ESPN The Magazine Body issue.
Follow-up story from Morty Ain of ESPN The Magazine, This is an extended interview from the 2012 ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.
What do you want people to know about you through the Body Issue?
BR: I want to show how much work we put into our sport. I think if people saw the injuries that go untalked about that we play through over an 82-game season, it would be an eye-opener. Guys don’t want that stuff to be talked about; we don’t want to use it as a crutch. But it would be surprising to walk through the trainer’s room before a game and see all the maintenance and what it takes to get ready every night. Sprains, separations, ankles, shoulders, groin and hip stuff. But we don’t complain about an injury unless it’s a big one. Not too many hockey players are going to use an excuse. If they can get on the ice for the game, they are considered healthy; that’s the culture. You find a way to plow through.