During the mid 90’s, few goaltenders approached the level of success that Mike Richter did. After a few years of struggles, Richter took over the net in New York and embarked on a magical three year period. In the 1993-94 season, he posted 42 wins (and 16 more in the playoffs) and backstopped his the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in forty five years. Richter’s finest performance may have occurred two years later outside of the NHL when he stood on his head and stopped the Canadian juggernaut in leading the Americans to a World Cup of Hockey victory in 1996 where he was subsequently named the tournament MVP.
Richter had 301 career wins which may only put him 24th (as of this writing) on the all time list, but his 1994 Cup run and his World Cup heroics makes him a much stronger candidate. He is rightfully in the United States Hall of Fame; he could be on his way to the Hall in Toronto as well.
Should Mike Richter be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 72%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 14%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.8%