TAMPA, Fla. - Tanner Richard stepped on to the ice at Amalie Arena just before faceoff on Dec. 20 to take his place along the blue line. As Sonya Bryson began to belt out the National Anthem, Richard was overcome with the emotions of a 20-year journey.
For the second time, the 24-year-old experienced the first NHL game of his life inside Amalie Arena.
"Just at that moment on the blue line there, where you are quiet and just listening, my head was wandering around, just looking around, that's when I got lost,'' Richard said. "My mind started racing on just a bunch of reflections, just pictures...
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