Mississippi Surge's top scorer from the 2009-2010 campaign has been re-signed for the 2010-2011 season, the team announced today. Michael Richard, the slick stick-handling former Rookie of the Year, appeared in 51 games for the Surge yielding 24 goals and 51 assists for a team leading 75 points. Surge fans were treated to one of the league's best and at just 26 years of age has his best years ahead. "Mike is a very intense competitor; he truly took it personally with the Surge coming up short in the championship playoff round against the Huntsville Havoc. He has re-dedicated himself as evidenced by his commitment to intense off-season conditioning.," said Coach Steffon Walby. " Mike wants to be the go-to guy for us. I certainly believe that he can be one of the league's 'elite.' "
Richard will be entering his third season in the SPHL, and second with Surge. Walby said he will be counted on heavily not only to lead the team in scoring and on the ice, but to also lead the team in the dressing room. "We all have seen what he can do on the ice, we know that in trusting his natural leadership qualities he can also really be a big assist to the younger guys coming into camp," said Player-Assistant Steve Weidlich. Richard a native of St. Constant, Quebec Canada has always had a natural scoring touch and often gets the nickname of "Rocket" - a reference to the legendary Montreal Canadians star Maurice "Rocket" Richard whose name was given to the annually awarded NHL goal scoring award.
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