Mike Richter is a former ice hockey goaltender best known for leading the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup title in 1994 and for representing the United States in international play. During his career, Richter became one of the most successful American-born goaltenders in history leading to his enduction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
After retiring from the NHL, Richter enrolled in Yale University through the Eli Whitney Students Program, Yale College's highly-competitive admissions program for non-traditional students. At Yale, he receieved his degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy. After Yale, Richter became a founding partner at Healthy Planet Partners, a sustainable power finance and consulting group, and Environmental Capital Partners, a $100 Million Private Equity Fund that focuses on resource efficiency. In addition, Richter launched, Athletes for a Healthy Planet, an organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of the connections between environmental issues, human health, economy, social justice, and well-being. He is the chairman of the new Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society Program dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of athletic participation in society, as well as the NHL Ambassador to Beyond Sport, an NGO with Tony Blair, whose mission is to use the power of sport to promote social change.