Brothers, Joe left and Michael Richter right of the Germantown Academy Patriots

Sunday, April 11, 1982

The outstanding brother goaltending combination of Joe and Michael Richter heads the sixth Inquirer all-Southeastern Pennsylvania hockey team. 

The Richters helped Germantown Academy to the Flyers Cup and a 28-1 record this past season. They were aided by J.J. Reydel and defenseman Charley Wurts, who also are honored today as part of a team chosen with the aid of area hockey officials. 

Joe Richter is a repeat selection, along with forwards Derek Lynch and ed Romanowski of St. James, Bob Lawrence of Bishop Egan and Phil Chamness of Archbishop Carroll and defenseman Doug Bowman of West Chester and Rob Walker of William Tennent. Tim Brosious of Lower Merion, who made the team as a defenseman last year, made it as a forward this time. 

The Richters are one of the few brother combinations honored simultaneously by the Inquirer in any sport. They are friends and rivals, but the rivalry has always been subdued.

“We try not to even kid each other,” said Joe, a senior, “because we respect each other. When Michael [a freshman] was younger, he used to ask me things, but he doesn’t really have to do that anymore. Now I get as many pointers from him as he does me.”

But Joe got one thing from Mike recently that not only gave him a boost, it helped give Germantown Academy the Flyers Cup. Coach Bruce Craig had started Mike in two victories in the cup playoffs. GA needed only one more to win it’s first regional championship. Before the game he called the players aside to tell them who would start. “I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings,” he began, “but I have to go with the hot goaltender.”

Craig looked at Michael, who was his choice to start. Michael, who is so serious about his craft that he reads a book on concentration technique prior to each start, demurred. He said that Joe, a senior who would be playing his last high school game should get the start. 

Joe not only started, but he turned in the first shutout in Flyers Cup history, stopping West Chester, 5-0.


FTim BrosiousLower MerionSr.251843
FMark ErbeMethactonJr.392766
FBob LawrenceBishop EganJr.453378
FDerek LynchSt. JamesSr.362460
FJ.J. ReydelGermantown AcademyJr.484795
FEd RomanowskiSt. JamesJr.412465
DDanny AshbeePenncrestSr.122032
DDoug BowmanWest ChesterSo.191938
DRob WalkerWilliam TennentSr.191837
DCharley WurtsGermantown AcademySr.121840
GoaltendersSchoolYr.Mins. Avg.
Joe RichterGermantown AcademySr.6602.23
Mike RichterGermantown AcademyFr.4452.16

CREDIT: The Philadelphia Inquirer