On March 21, Brad Richards undressed Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall with a spectacular coast-to-coast goal. But in the newest issue of ESPN the Magazine, it’s Richards who is the one sans any sort of clothing.
Richards is the NHL representative in the 2o12 Body Issue from ESPN the Magazine (photo slightly NSFW) joining players from past issues such as Ryan Kesler from 2011, and Zdeno Chara (no link needed because it is scarred in your brain) from 2009. The issue, featuring Richards’ fellow Madison Square Garden tenant and Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler on the cover, is available now at newsstands everywhere.
Over at Puck Daddy, a short video of Richards is linked explaining the process behind the shoot, explaining that he has posed in a similar manner many of times, only with, you know, equipment on. Also clothing.
It’s unlikely that the photo will be found in a package of 2012-13 NHL cards this fall (Although perhaps trading cards, not as big sellers as they used to be, could use this as a way to generate a boost in sales marketing to the more obscure collectors out there?), but we can only be glad that ESPN did not tab Henrik Lundqvist for this shoot (though many would likely beg to differ), otherwise work productivity all throughout the Tri-State Area would have likely grounded to a complete and utter halt on this beautiful summer afternoon.