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The ice is greener in Southern California hockey
The ice is greener in Southern California hockey

As the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, a high-profile position in a passionate hockey market, Mike Richards couldn't go anywhere — to a baseball game, a restaurant, a club — without being recognized. That changed when he was traded to the L.A. Kings in 2011. As he arrived to appear on a Los Angeles radio station, during his first season, he told the receptionist his name was Mike. "What's your last name?" she asked. He politely supplied it, and she laughed in embarrassment when she realized he was the special guest for one of the shows. Richards seemed more amused than offended. "That wouldn't happen in Philly," he later told a TV...

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