A hometown hockey hero is being recognized by Lakehead University.

Nicknamed ‘The Kenora Komet’ in his youth for his blistering speed, Kenora’s Jeff Richards has been named to Lakehead University’s Wall of Fame ahead of the 2022-2023 school year, with an official induction ceremony set for October.

The 5’10” forward is Lakehead’s second-leading all-time scorer with 252 points in 170 games and could be considered the best and most impactful player in Thunderwolves history.

To this day, Richards still holds a number of team records to his name. They include most points (183), most goals (90), most points in a season (50), most points as a rookie (38), most goals in a game (4), highest points per game (1.5 ppg), and is second in all-time points to ex-captain and teammate Joel Scherban (263), but Richards played 39 fewer games.

In his five seasons between 2002-03 and 2006-07, the Thunderwolves made the Ontario University Athletics playoffs each year, won the championship once and made it to nationals twice. Richards was also named OUA MVP in his second season.

Unfortunately, he ran into injury issues at Lakehead and would miss 24 games over his final three seasons with the team. In his final season, Richards only played 16 games but still lead the team in goals and was the third-leading scorer on the Thunderwolves.

His list of accomplishments includes OUA MVP, Four-time OUA all-star, two-time CIS All-Canadian, CIS and OUA all-rookie, CIS National championships all-tournament team, and was a member of the OUA Selects Team and CIS Team Canada for 2005 Winter Universiade.

Richards also played for the Kenora AAA Stars and Thistles, the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and was named the OHL’s most underrated player, would later play in Germany and is the cousin of Stanley Cup Champion Mike Richards.

Now, Richards is an educator with the Kenora Catholic District School Board.

Other inductees this year include the 2009-10 to 2012-13 men’s basketball team, Scott Morrison and Tasia McKenna.

Morrison guided the basketball program and the 2009 to 2013 teams to four straight Final 8 appearances with a number of award winners under his leadership. He would later become an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.

McKenna, meanwhile, played over 150 games for Lakehead and was an all-rookie and three-time OUA all-star.