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Family of former Lightning D Luke Richardson shows ultimate class in a terrible time



In case you missed this from last weekend, the 14-year-old daughter of former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Luke Richardson committed suicide on Friday. But the Richardson family did not close down, as no one would have begrudged it.

Instead, the family, openly shared the circumstances of her death at a memorial service Wednesday that attracted about 5,600 people, reports said, and also donated Daron's organs. According to a report on the web site, four people benefited from the transplants.

We did not get to see a lot of Richardson in the Tampa Bay area. He only played here during the 2006-07 season and had three assists in 27 games. Most of his time with the team was spent as a scratch. But instead of sulking, Richardson became an eye in the sky for then-coach John Tortorella. It was the beginning of Richardson's transition to coaching, and Richardson is now an assistant with the Senators.

As his career wound down, Richardson was always available to talk and was a great person for a reporter to talk to for some perspective, be it about that night's game or historical.  And when he left the Lightning to join the Senators, he always greeted us with a smile and a handshake.

We wish Luke, his wife Stephanie and their daughter  Morgan, 16, all the best.

[Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 12:15am]


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