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Premier D Oscar Richardson Commits To Lebanon Valley College

By Alex Thomas / Cyclones Staff, 11/16/20, 12:30PM EST

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Hudson, NH – The Northern Cyclones organization is extremely excited to announce that USPHL Premier Defenseman Oscar Richardson has committed to play college hockey at Lebanon Valley College. Richardson is in his second season with the Cyclones at the Premier level.

A native of Manchester, Great Britain, Richardson played 33 games in his rookie junior season with the Cyclones Premier team in 2019-20. He scored five points (1 g, 4 a) in those 33 games, and finished the season with 29 penalty minutes. In two playoff games, Richardson scored a single assist as the Cyclones fell to the Boston Bandits.

This season, Richardson was named one of two captains for Premier along with F Ben Peterson. In eight games for the 6-2-0 Cyclones, Richardson has four points (0 g, 4 a) and four penalty minutes.

“We are happy to hear of Oscar’s commitment to Lebanon Valley College,” LVC Head Coach Don Parsons said. “We feel he’ll offer an immediate impact to our already strong defensive core. His strength in skating and puck moving will help create the offense that we’re looking for, and his dependability in the defensive zone will also be a strong suit and add to the strength of our team.”

Prior to coming to Hudson, Richardson played at the 18U level with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite in 2018-19. He also saw time with the Philadelphia Junior Flyers and York Devils.

“The Northern Cyclones are by far the best junior hockey program in the country,” Richardson said after his commitment. “They’re an organization of excellence and perfection. They do not quit on you. They strive to get you where you want to be. I’ve met a lot of coaches over the years that say they’ll get you places and it didn’t happen. As soon as I came to Hudson, it was obvious that the Cyclones meant what they said.

“I am extremely grateful and proud to be a Cyclone. I would like to say thank you to Coach Bill Weiand and Coach Bill Flanagan for the opportunity to play for this amazing organization. If you want to play college hockey, then the Northern Cyclones is the place to play.”