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09-20-2010, 02:34 PM
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Brad Richards Donates $500,000 to P.E.I Hospital

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Following the Dallas Stars’ training camp in Charlottetown on the weekend, Murray Harbour’s Brad Richards stopped in to visit the pediatric unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he made a donation of $500,000 to help children in his home province.
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Richard’s gift was made in honour of his cousin and best friend, Jamie Reynolds, who passed away in 1989 with a brain tumour when he was seven years old and Richards was almost nine. On hand for the emotional announcement were members of the Richards and Reynolds family along with many of the pediatric nurses who cared for Jamie.
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Tells how great person he is, gotta respect him.

a class act.

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What a great guy. I'm always pleased to see athletes like him who actually give back as apposed to those thugs in the NFL who float in and out of jail. Way to go Brad!

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What a great guy. I'm always pleased to see athletes like him who actually give back as apposed to those thugs in the NFL who float in and out of jail. Way to go Brad!
Because no NFL player has ever made a donation... and no NHL Player has ever gone to jail. :

On a lighter note, good on Richy to give back.

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Brads is a class act.

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Brad has always been a great guy. He donates tickets to sick children and military families, etc. He's one of those rare people who actually does a lot for other people because he has the means to.

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09-20-2010, 04:26 PM
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Classy!!!

An athlete who knows his roots, and cares enough to make a difference. He's a star in PEI, and made all kinds of time for all his fans over the course of training camp weekend. Good on you B-Rich.

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He's one of those rare people who actually does a lot for other people because he has the means to.
Not to diminish Richards' donation, but a person of wealth donating a lot of money is hardly rare.

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Not to diminish Richards' donation, but a person of wealth donating a lot of money is hardly rare.
I wasn't merely alluding to one occasion though. He has repeatedly proven to be willing to donate, rather than just an occasional bit here or there. It's a lot rarer than you'd think when considering how much wealth there is that people just sit on or use to buy their way into political spheres instead of being used in a positive way.

But I apologize if my comment seemed a little over the top for you.

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Because no NFL player has ever made a donation... and no NHL Player has ever gone to jail. :

On a lighter note, good on Richy to give back.
Go read a newspaper.

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Very nice of Brad to do this especially for something that he didn't have to do.

He was at the local hospital today for the announcement and while there visited the pediatrics unit talking to nurses and visiting with the kids, he was pretty good with the kids. He took lots of time to sign autographs and talk to people even though he was pressed for time as he had to catch a flight with the rest of the team. At the announcement he was there with his parents and other members of his family, he looked very nervous to the point of sweating. He got up to speak and explained he was nervous because he wasn't used/good at public speaking. There was a speech given by one of the hopsital's directors in which Brad supplied some stories and such which included stuff about his cousin and during the speech there were a few people getting choked up and pretty moved by it.

Very nice and unselfish gesture, IMO.


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Because no NFL player has ever made a donation... and no NHL Player has ever gone to jail. :

On a lighter note, good on Richy to give back.
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Go read a newspaper.
NFL...thugs.



Can't we leave the thinly veiled xenophobia out of this?

Seriously, it's great that Richards did this. That is no small donation.

But why is it that when hockey players do anything good for the community hockey fans collectively s*** all over the other major sports and act like hockey players are all such better people than other athletes? It's sad. Really.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...0/ai_n9486299/

http://sat.eknowledge.com/informatio...arch132007.pdf

There are quite a few very good, community-oriented people across all of professional sports. There are some black eyes as well. On a day like today how about we focus on the positive people are doing rather than taking pot shots at other leagues.

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What a great thing to do. Hopefully it makes a difference. That 7.8 million looks like money well spent in a couple of ways now.

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Not to diminish Richards' donation, but a person of wealth donating a lot of money is hardly rare.
True...while it's "common" for someone w/ a lot of money to donate, he actually puts in a lot of time into charity work (from the sounds of it). IMO, that's what counts more; really shows he cares. (In Tampa he had Richy's Rascals and would spend time w/ all the kids in the suite after games talking to them, signing autographs, etc.)

He's world class...would fit in perfectly w/ the Lightning now.

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He's world class...would fit in perfectly w/ the Lightning now.
Richards + Niskanen for Stamkos + Hedman

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We can assume he'll be happy with $7.3mil next season then.

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Not to diminish Richards' donation, but a person of wealth donating a lot of money is hardly rare.
Why???... is this necessary? So you're saying it's common for wealthy people to shell out .5M in their communities? No, it's not common. It's not like he's some billionaire tycoon who needs tax relief and wants to look like a sweetheart after pillaging the people and the environment. It's entirely different. He's doing it in his small little corner of the world he was raised. Sedin's did something on a similar scale in Vancouver, that's about it for hockey players recently.

Think even beyond the money aspect. It was obvious the PEI visit was for Richards' sake and to gain exposure for Dallas Stars hockey in a hockey starved Canadian market that has an obvious love affair with their homegrown kid. If people weren't leaving the rink with as fans of the team with their fully autographed Dallas Stars t-shirts, they are probably fans now, after Richards made the donation. It grows the game and sells merchandise and centerice packages.

The team is being built around him (whether you want to believe it or not) because of the character guy (and talent) he is. When all the kids see a veteran leader and leading scorer truly lead the way with this donation and the endless time he made for the people of PEI, there is bound to be a trickle down effect upon the team's youth. You don't think Jamie Benn would love to be the center of attention at Stars camp on Vancouver Island one day?

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Why???... is this necessary? So you're saying it's common for wealthy people to shell out .5M in their communities? No, it's not common.
The original assertion was that it's rare for a person of wealth to give to charity. It's not. It's far more common for a person of wealth to give to charity than it is for a middle class individual (based upon percentage of income), and it's far more rare for a person of wealth not to give any or relatively any. And the reason I wrote what I did was because it was a wrong perception. There are multiple studies on this exact thing and it's not hard to look it up and not come across as ignorant.

As for the rest of your rant, read the prepositional phrase at the beginning of the sentence you objected to. After you get done reading it, take a step back and think just a minute and wonder why anyone would object to Richards giving away money. Thanks.

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Yes, wealthy people including athletes donate quite often..

But $500k? I've never seen a donation of that size from an athlete. Not even a whole team..

$10, $25k, sometimes $50k.. But $500k? That's enough that the hospital doesn't even have to spend the money, they're just going to use the interest on it..

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The original assertion was that it's rare for a person of wealth to give to charity. It's not. It's far more common for a person of wealth to give to charity than it is for a middle class individual (based upon percentage of income), and it's far more rare for a person of wealth not to give any or relatively any. And the reason I wrote what I did was because it was a wrong perception. There are multiple studies on this exact thing and it's not hard to look it up and not come across as ignorant.

As for the rest of your rant, read the prepositional phrase at the beginning of the sentence you objected to. After you get done reading it, take a step back and think just a minute and wonder why anyone would object to Richards giving away money. Thanks.
You're welcome, glad I could bring it into a positive perspective for you. My point was that why even post something negative in one of the better feel good stories (if not the best) you hear about the club. Sorry if you thought it was a rant.

I just want to point out you put it into a context that did diminish what he did regardless of the wording you used to cover your bases. Cheers

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