Luke Richardson hired to coach Binghamton Senators

By Matthew Kirkpatrick

Luke Richardson was named the newest head coach of the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate in Binghamton Wednesday.

Richardson, 43, an Ottawa native, is a veteran of over 1,400 NHL games amassed over a 21-year playing career that saw the rugged defenseman play for six teams.

He rounded out his career after playing with the Senators in 2008, and was hired on as an assistant coach immediately by the club, serving as the team’s “eye in the sky” for the most part.

Richardson survived the purging of two coaching staffs since his original hiring, and continued to serve at his post under current Ottawa bench boss Paul MacLean this past season.

After this season Luke Richardson expressed interest in pursuing a head coaching job to Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray.

“I told Bryan I’d like to pursue head coaching,” said Richardson. “I’ve learned a lot from Craig (Hartsburg), to Cory (Clouston) to Paul (MacLean) in a lot different ways.

“Even from all the years I played with all the different guys, there were things I liked about some guys or you were thinking I would do something different. You’re always thinking if you did have a chance, all the things you have learned and rolled it into one, that would be your philosophy. I would like to take a shot at being a head coach and that’s something I would like to pursue.”

An opportunity arose when Kurt Kleinendorst decided to move on from his position in Bingo, and Richardson became the obvious choice to take the reigns.

Luke Richardson does not have any professional head coaching experience, but he is known as a patient teacher who will do wonders with the Senators defensive prospects like: Mark Borowiecki, Patrick Wiercioch and recently signed Fredrik Claesson.

Here’s hoping that a good man will find success as he moves on to the next phase of his hockey career.

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