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Geneva inks Tanner Richard to long-term extension

(Geneva, SUI) -- Tanner Richard has signed a four-year extension with his Geneve-Servette club in the Swiss National League. The deal extends through the 2027-28 season.

Richard was the MVP of the League Playoffs in March - the club's first-ever league crown.

The 30-year old scored 3 goals and 11 assists in 18 playoff games to lead the 118-year old club to their first SNL title. He also scored 6 goals and 24 assists in 49 league games this past regular season.

"My wife and I couldn't be more excited about staying here and continuing to call Geneva our home for the next five years" states Richard.

The 6-0, 192 lbs. product of the Rapperswil-Jona hockey program was the Lightning's 3rd round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He played two years with the OHL's Guelph Storm before embarking on a 4-year stint with Tampa's Syracuse Crunch.

Marc Gautschi, Team Manager of GSHC, particularly praises Richard's leadership:

"He's not only one of Switzerland's best centers, but he's also become a strong leader in the dressing room and an important figure in our club over the last few years."

In his sixth SNL campaign, Richard has appeared in 253 games with 40 goals and 132 assists.

He was the Storm's 1st round pick in the 2011 CHL Import draft after scoring 43 points in 28 games with the U20 Rapperswil-Jona club.

Tanner is the son of former OHL'er and long-time pro, Mike Richard. Mike played four years with the Toronto Marlboros before playing three seasons with the Baltimore Skipjacks and Washington Capitals. He then went onto a 17-year pro career in the Swiss League.

Mike was a client of M&T founder Roly Thompson during his playing days.


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