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Jets’ Redmond suffers ‘gory’ skate cut during practice, leaves via ambulance

Feb 21, 2013, 12:39 PM EST

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Redmond suffered a skate cut to his leg during Thursday’s morning skate, severe enough for an ambulance to be called to the PNC Arena in Carolina.

The Jets are scheduled to take on the ‘Canes tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

Here are various witness accounts of what transpired:

Redmond, 24, is in his first year with the Jets. He’s appeared in eight games this year for the Jets, scoring 1G-3A-4PTS.

More information will be posted once it’s become available.

Update: Here’s more, from the Winnipeg Free Press

The rookie blueliner was apparently slashed by a falling teammate’s skate.

Once the players cleared away, a lot of blood could be seen on the ice, and players like Antti Miettinen and Anthony Peluso came off the ice with blood stains visible on their socks and jerseys.

Update 2: From Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun

“It’s a fairly wide cut, so we’re taking [Redmond] to the hospital and we’ll see what the diagnosis is when they take a look at him there,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “He lost a fair bit of blood and he’s in some pain. It looks like it’s a vein. It’s tough on your team.

“He was in some pain and probably shocked at what took place. He was coherent going into the ambulance and they’ll look after him.”

Update 3: From CBC Manitoba

The team was executing a 1-on-1 drill near the end of their practice when Redmond fell.

A teammate then accidentally skated over his thigh, cutting the back of Redmond’s leg.

He was taken to hospital, where he had to undergo surgery.

It’s also worth noting that, according to Tait, Redmond was wearing protective Kevlar socks — but he was cut above them.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I didn’t know matt cooke was practicing with the jets. In all seriousness i hope this is not as bad as it sounds, and wish him a speedy recovery.

  2. nunan - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Those cut-resistant socks are making more and more sense.

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      True but the cut is right below his knee in this instance so it would of not made a difference.

    • buddysguys - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      the cut was above his knee so those would have to be some pretty long socks….

      • michiganhockey11 - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Most hockey socks do come above the knee to connect to shorts/garter belt. At least all those ones I’ve ever worn were. Scary situation. Hope they were able to get enough pressure with the towels to at least slow the bleeding.

    • soj83 - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Darren Dreger reported that he does wear those socks, it was just above the knee. Above the sock and under the pants. Freak thing like Karlsson getting sliced inside the boot of his skate.

      Scary situation, hope he recovers quickly and whoever the teammate was that got him can mentally recover quickly too.

  3. sabatimus - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Man I hope he’s ok. Brings to mind the (probably good deal more severe) cut that happened to Richard Zednik. In Zednik’s case I think a member of the team medical personnel was an ex-military medic, and literally reached into Zednik’s neck and clamped down on the artery to stop the bleeding. Now THAT commands respect.

    • tightbutth0le - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      I’ve heard that story too, but I always associated it with the Malarchuk throat cut. Either way its a badass story of a guy who saved a life.

      • sabatimus - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Yep, the first thing that came to everyone’s mind when Zednik got hurt was Malarchuk. Both their lives were saved by fast-acting excellent medical people and EMTs.

  4. chicagobtech - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    You never want to see this happen to anybody. Hope to hear about a fast and successful recovery from this one.

  5. raiderufan - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Wow…is it the same area that Sean Taylor got shot?

    I hope he’s able to recover from this. Tough break.

  6. michiganhockey11 - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Hope he is ok and recovers.

  7. gmenfan1982 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Those cut resistant socks are NOT the ones they wear over their leg pads. They are socks worn on their feet and underneath their pads. The socks over their pads just slide over pads and don’t serve as protection.

  8. shortsxit34 - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    When Zednik for cut, they said if he had waited in the corner rather than skating to the bench, and if the trainer hadn’t reached into his neck, that he woul d have died. scray freak accident.

    Also, I wonder what happened to the kevlar hockey socks? They showed them a few times in the past when these accidents occured: They’re just hockey socks infused with a layer of kevlar, not a regular cut athletic sock

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