New York Rangers' Brad Richards to join teammates in helping Sandy's victims "any way we can"
The reunion, as short as it was, between Rangers center Brad Richards and former Lightning teammates Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis was a good time for all.
"It brings back memories," Lecavalier said after the trio, who helped lead Tampa Bay to the 2004 Stanley Cup, skated Monday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. "It's definitely fun. We played a long time together. When you have that chemistry, you always have it."
But as much as Richards loves the Tampa Bay area, he is headed back to New York Tuesday and on Wednesday plans to join teammates to lend a hand "any way we can" to the city's victims of Hurricane Sandy.
"We've got a bunch of good guys on the team," Richards said. "Guys want to get together and help."
Richards said his upper-floor Tribeca apartment was unscathed from the storm, though he had been without power.
"When it first happened, being in Manhattan with no power, you didn't really know how bad it was," he said. "Now, being down here and seeing it on TV and seeing the stories about people who haven't been helped yet, you can see how widespread the destruction was."
Added Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger, who joined Richards and teammate Brian Boyle in Brandon: "It's not just athletes, celebrities, it's everyone in general. The whole city is pulling together. It's not something we're doing to get our names in the paper, it's just something we're doing."