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He played junior with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens from 1983-87, winning the top defenceman award in 1986-87. He was not drafted by any NHL team since he was regarded as small for a defenceman but signed as a free agent with the Quebec Nordiques in 1987.
Richard stayed with the Nordiques system for four seasons but only managed to get into five games with the big team, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist.
The Fort Wayne Komets signed him as a free agent in 1991. That began a stretch of seven seasons in the International Hockey League during which he won the Governor's Trophy in 1991-92 and the Ironman Award in 1994-95.
He retired in 2005.