Ex-King Mike Richards Charged With Possession Of Controlled Substance

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Kings forward Mike Richards

Photo via Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards (10) in the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.

Former Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards has been charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba announced Thursday. [tweet https://twitter.com/rcmpmb/status/636893015718645760 align=”center”]

The alleged incident at the Canadian border occurred June 17.

TSN’s Rick Westhead provided more details, including what type of punishment Richards could receive.

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The Kings terminated the remainder of Richards’ 12-year, $69 million contract on June 29, citing a “material breach.” The NHLPA filed a grievance on his behalf shortly after.

Richards has spent the last four seasons with the Kings and was a part of their Stanley Cup championship teams in 2011-12 and 2013-14. He tallied 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 53 games last season.

Thumbnail photo via Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports Images

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