The New York Islanders have named Luke Richardson of Ottawa, Ontario their assistant coach for the 2017-18 National Hockey League regular season. Richardson will be working closely with Islanders head coach Doug Weight of Detroit, Michigan. Richardson and Weight have a strong connection. They both played for the Edmonton Oilers from 1992 to 1997.
A defenseman, Richardson played in the NHL from 1987 to 2009. In addition to the Oilers, Richardson played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators. In 1417 regular season games, Richardson had 35 goals and 166 assists for 201 points. His best offensive season came with the Oilers in 1991-92 when he had a career high 19 assists and 21 points. Richardson also had a career high five playoff assists with the Oilers in 1992.
After his playing career, Richardson joined the Senators coaching staff as an assistant coach from 2009 to 2012. Over the last four seasons, Richardson has been the head coach of the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. In joining the Islanders, Richardson will remain working in the state of New York.
Richardson has also had coaching success for the Canadian National Team. In 2016, he led Canada to a gold medal at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. In the gold medal game, Canada beat HC Lugano 5-2.