Former Badger Mike Richter tours Gulf spill with pro athletes

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Former Wisconsin Badger Mike Richter, one of the schools most successful NHL and Olympic stars, was part of a group of 10 professional athletes to tour the Gulf Coast in a fishing boat on Tuesday.  

 

Here's a couple of stories so far on the trip...

Atlanta Journal Consitution

Bleacher Report

 

Richter, perhaps the most widely known, at least to Badger fans, was accompanied by Mike Alstott, the former Purdue fullback and NFLer, as well as current Boston Bruin Andrew Ference, tennis player Chanda Rubin, NASCAR's Leilani Munter and other Olympians and X Games athletes.

 

Richter, who was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008, backstopped the New York Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup and was the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Most Valuable Player for Team USA's title. A three-time Olympian and NHL all-star, Richter spent 15 seasons in the NHL and has his number retired for the Rangers. All that came after his two years at Wisconsin, where he was named 1986 WCHA Freshman of the Year and All-WCHA second-team honors in 1987.

 

After his playing career ended, Richter completed his degree at Yale and at one point was rumored to be running for Congress, but he decided against a run. In his second career, he is part of a private equity firm called Environmental Capital Partners that invests in companies with a green tint.

 

Here's a video from April when Mike Richter made an appearance on Fox Business.

 

Here's an interview at the Winter Classic in Boston discussing his current passion.

 

Here's some video from more than two years ago during an NBC hockey broadcast.

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