Richard enjoys participating in charity sporting events whenever he has the opportunity. He can frequently be found at celebrity events for ski racing, car racing, baseball, and hockey. He is one of the founders of the Celebrity All Star Hockey team. Begun in 1986, this group of actors and hockey enthusiasts travels around the country to play in NHL cities in support of charities.
When 1996 began, Richard was recovering from surgery to correct a serious knee injury he had sustained during a skiing accident over the Christmas holidays. Despite his injury, he joined the Celebrity All Stars on January 20, 1996 for a pre-game exhibition at the NHL All Star game in Boston. His injury prevented him from skating, and so, on crutches, he acted as coach for the team.
On April 6, 1996, the Celebrity All Stars traveled to the CoreStates Spectrum in Philadelphia for a game against the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni, to benefit the Flyers' Wives' Charities. No longer requiring crutches, but still using a brace to support his healing knee, Richard once again acted as the team's coach. Other celebrities included Cameron Bancroft, Lochlyn Munro, Chris Potter, Dave Coulier, Jason Hervey, and Alan Thicke. Richard conceded before the game began, "I can guarantee you the Flyers will win," and indeed the Alumni did lead for most of the game.
The lighthearted contest included a few staged "fights," a pie in the face, and even Richard being credited for an assist from the bench, but in the final seconds, Lochlyn Munro scored for the All Stars, tying the game at 9. It was left to a sudden-death shootout to decide the game, and after six additional goals were scored, Jason Hervey broke the tie, winning the game for the celebrities 13 to 12. Richard was as ecstatic as he was stunned. Afterward, a reception was held at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel where fans could meet both the Celebrities and the Flyers. Richard attended the reception, and spent time speaking to fans, signing autographs, and posing for pictures.
On August 17, 1996, Richard returned for another of his favorite sports, to play baseball at the annual Hollywood All Star pre-game exhibition at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Still wearing the knee brace, but able to play, Richard joined other celebrities including Tony Danza, Billy Crystal, and Dean Cain. Wearing number 9 for the Blue Team, Richard played well, covering third base, and finally being batted home to score the winning run, beating the White team 2 to 1.
As hockey season returned, the Celebrity All Stars once again took to the ice, playing in a game in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 8, 1996, where Richard scored two goals and two assists. Another game in Tucson, Arizona followed on December 28th. Although Richard did not participate in Arizona, he once again joined the team in San Jose, California for the celebrity exhibition games during the NHL All Star Weekend on January 18, 1997. His most recent appearance on the ice was on March 15, 1997 at the Forum in Los Angeles in a celebrity game against the Los Angeles Kings Alumni benefiting the Kings Care Foundation of Los Angeles.
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