OK, so Mike Richter caused some queasiness among Rangers fans when he appeared in Flyers owner Ed Snider’s box after Game 6 the other night.
And it sparked a little discussion on the Rangers’ goalie (the only one to win a Cup in the last 70 years, we might add). Some of that discussion was based on what Richter is doing, politically. Part of what he’s doing is saving the planet, which makes stopping Pavel Bure on a Cup finals penalty shot seem like blinking an eye.
Here’s a press release I received (you can go to the web site and read an op-ed piece Richter wrote a few months ago):
HOCKEY STAR LAUNCHES ATHLETES FOR A HEALTHY PLANET
New Organization will promote health, clean energy and protecting the planet
NEW YORK (May 13, 2010) – Mike Richter, Stanley Cup and Olympic silver medal hockey goalie, today announced the launch of Athletes for a Healthy Planet, an organization of athletes dedicated to promoting a cleaner, healthier environment.
“Athletes recognize the special relationship between our health and the health of our planet,” said Richter. “We also know that clean energy and protecting the environment is about creating new jobs, building a stronger economy and protecting our national security.”
Richter is promoting the launch of Athletes for a Healthy Planet and its website, www.A4HP.org, this week on a nationwide radio tour.
“We are introducing Athletes for a Healthy Planet at an important moment,” Richter said. “This week U.S. senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) introduced new energy and climate legislation in the Senate. We will be working hard urging Americans to tell their Senators that our nation needs this critical legislation this year.
Mike Richter, a former National Hockey League (NHL) goalie, who helped lead the N.Y. Rangers to the Stanley Cup and the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team to a silver medal, is now a partner at Environmental Capital Partners, which invests in clean energy and new technology companies.
The impact of environmental change hit home for Richter, a father of three young sons, when he realized the frozen hockey ponds of his childhood had disappeared. Sports born in the outdoors now routinely are played indoors.
“No one has a greater stake in a cleaner, healthier planet than athletes,” said Richter. “But the state of our planet affects everyone, rich or poor, liberal or conservative. It is in everyone’s interest to understand the magnitude of the challenges and to work towards solutions. This is perhaps the defining issue of our time.”
Richter said Athletes for a Healthy Planet will capitalize on the celebrity status of athletes to serve as positive role models in “a nationwide effort to promote greater understanding of the direct relationship between the health of the planet and our health, economy, jobs, national security, social justice and quality of life.”
Anybody watching Game 7 tonight? The NHL has scheduled Game 1 of the Conference finals to begin Sunday, San Jose-Chicago at 3, Montreal at either Boston or Philly at 7.