Flyers extend Richards's contract through 2020

Philadelphia Flyers centre Mike Richards threatened Rick DiPietro's NHL-record 15-year contract Thursday by agreeing to a reported 12-year extension.

Centre's 12-year deal worth $69M rivals DiPietro's NHL-record 15-year pact

Fifteen months after New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro wowed the hockey world with a 15-year contract, Philadelphia forward Mike Richards secured his own 12-year extension.

TheFlyers centre will earn $69 million US over the life of the deal, earning an average of $5.75 million annually.

Richards, 22, will be 35 at the end of the 2019-20 NHL season when the contract expires.

The former Ontario Hockey League standout is currently in the final year of an entry-level deal that is paying him more than $940,000 US.

Richards is off to the best start of his career,topping the Flyers with14 goals and 34 points in 28 games.

He has 35 goals and 100 points in 166 career NHL regular-season games.

DiPietro's 15-year pact worth $67.5 million is believed to be the longest in NHL history.

With files from the Canadian Press