Richter honored for fight aganst MS

Newington resident Michael Branda poses with former New York Rangers goaltender Michael Richter, a Greenwich resident and member of the legendary 1993-94 Stanley Cup champions. Mr. Branda, an avid hockey fan, serves as development manager with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

Newington resident Michael Branda poses with former New York Rangers goaltender Michael Richter, a Greenwich resident and member of the legendary 1993-94 Stanley Cup champions. Mr. Branda, an avid hockey fan, serves as development manager with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

Greenwich resident Michael Richter is used to the accolades. After all, as the goalie of the legendary 1993-1994 New York Rangers team who ended the city’s more than 50-year drought without the Stanley Cup, he’s heard his fair share of cheers.

But recently Mr. Richter was feted for his work off the ice.

Mr. Richter was an honoree at the 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions on Nov. 20 at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford. Mr. Richter, a U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member, received the 2013 J. Walter Kennedy Memorial Award, an accolade given each year by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, in recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments of gifted athletes and their championship teams.

More than 300 people attended the black tie optional event, which raised more than $360,000.

Funds raised through National MS Society events ensure ongoing scientific research to help develop better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. Funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, to the 6,000 residents in the state battling multiple sclerosis.

For more information on MS, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit CtfightsMS.org.

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