Richardson removes 'C' from Blue Jackets sweater

Updated: November 29, 2005, 4:35 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Luke Richardson removed the captain's "C" from his sweater after being benched for the last game of a seven-game losing streak.

Richardson was a healthy scratch in Friday's 5-0 home loss to Colorado. He scored the following night in a 4-3 win at St. Louis, but played without the usual captain's insignia.

Afterward, he declined to explain his decision or say whether it would be permanent.

"Luke asked to take the 'C' off," coach Gerard Gallant said. "I said, 'As far as I'm concerned, you're our captain.' Luke said he'd thought about it and he believed he had good reasons for doing this. He just thought it was time."

Richardson, an 18-year veteran, was named captain two months after signing with Columbus in July 2002.

The franchise had playoff aspirations this year, but is next-to-last in the Western Conference with 12 points.

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