Richard Albrecht, born 1995 in Mexico City, Mexico started his hockey career for the local team “’Halcones Lomas Verdes” at 8 years of age. As his eagerness in the sport grew, he decided to leave home at the age of 15 to search an opportunity to develop as a goalkeeper on a further level. He arrived in Canada and played in “the Harrington College Ice Bergs team”. After 4 months he moved to St. Pölten, Austria and joined the team “Lower Austria Stars” of the Okanagan Hockey School Europe. He attended Lower Austria International School and graduated June 2013 with the IB diploma. During that time, he played in an Austrian league for two years and in a Junior Central European League (EBYSL, Erste Bank Young Stars League U-20) for one year.
On an international level, he has been playing at the IIHF World Junior Championships for his country Mexico, continuously since 15 years of age (U-18 and U-20). He contributed to his team success and obtained the following distinctions:
2009-2010 U18 WJC (D3|B) Silver Medal
2010-2011 U18 WJC (D3|B) Silver Medal
2011-2012 U18 WJC (D3|A) Best Goaltender
U18 WJC (D3|A) Best SVS%
U18 WJC (D3|A) Bronze Medal
U20 WJC (D3) Bronze Medal
2012-2013 U18 WJC (D3A) Top Player on Team
2013-2014 U20 WJC (D3) Bronze Medal
Awards by league
- U18 WJC (D3A) Top Player on Team 12/13
- U18 WJC (D3|A) Best Goaltender 11/12
- U18 WJC (D3|A) Best SVS% 11/12
- U18 WJC (D3|A) Bronze Medal 11/12
- U18 WJC (D3|B) Silver Medal 09/10, 10/11
- U20 WJC (D3) Bronze Medal 11/12, 13/14
In his last international appearance at the U-20 IIHF World Junior Championships Div. III in Turkey he finished the tournament with a .9074 SVS% and a 3.36 GAA facing 108 shots in 3 games.
For the season 2013-14 he played for the Philadelphia Junior Flyers in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. He finished with a GAA of 2.5 and a SVS% of 0.902.
During the upcoming 2014-15 season he will be playing for the Tulsa Junior Oilers. Currently he has been training back home with the 20+ Mexican National Team and is attending a goalie camp in Vienna, Austria. He is excited to sign for the Tulsa organization and looking forward to help carry the team to a winning season.
Richard comes from a bicultural family, as his grandfather was German and immigrated to Mexico. He speaks German and Spanish since childhood, in addition perfectly English. His parents are both physicians, his father is a Cardiologist and his mother is a Gynecologist. His sister is currently attending Cologne University of Applied Sciences studying her BA in International Communication and Translation.