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Three goalies must fill Richter's skates

Updated: August 23, 2004, 1:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For more than a decade, when America confronted the world's best, it started with the ultimate safety net named Mike Richter.

From the 1991 Canada Cup through the 2002 Olympics, Richter was "the man" for every crucial game, every crucial save. And if there was one brick upon which the foundation of America's rise to hockey prominence was built, Richter was it.

That safety net is now preparing for classes at Yale University, but Richter continues to cast a large shadow ...

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