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Two months after horrific injury, Jets’ Redmond returning to play

Apr 17, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT


Talk about your remarkable comeback stories.

On Feb. 21, Jets defenseman Zach Redmond suffered a lacerated femoral artery and lost nearly two pints of blood after a skate cut from teammate Antti Miettinen.

Today, it was announced he’s ready to play.

Redmond has been sent to AHL St. John’s on a conditioning assignment, the team announced on Wednesday.

It marks one of the final steps in a ‘miraculous’ recovery from an injury that put Redmond’s chances of return to pro hockey at 50-50, according to Jets team physician Dr. Peter McDonald.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle considering what’s he’s been through,” McDonald said. “We’re all aware of what happened.

“Considering the magnitude of the injury and the insult, not only to the leg but the whole body, it’s quite miraculous.”

At the time of the incident, Jets head athletic therapist said Redmond’s laceration was “easily the most grave incident” he’s been a part of during his 12-year career.

Judging by this photo of Redmond’s leg, you can see why:


That picture is the result of some critical response on the part of medical officials and intense rehab from Redmond, who spent significant time in a Raleigh hospital before returning to Winnipeg for testing — and a nice standing ovation from Jets fans.

McDonald couldn’t believe how quickly the 24-year-old rebuilt the strength in his leg.

“We did strength tests on [Redmond] and the leg is performing at 75 per cent, which is incredible considering all the muscles in his inner thigh were severed,” McDonald said in early April. “They seem to be healed up fine and there are no residual problems that we can detect.”

Prior to getting hurt, Redmond was enjoying a successful rookie campaign, scoring 1G-3A-4PTS in eight games while averaging 19:35 time on ice per contest.

  1. ludacrish05 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM


  2. stakex - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Good for him.

    Though lets be honest here… there is nothing “miraculous” about this. Its the result of quick thinking trainers, and very well trained medical personnel doing their job. Not to mention great drive by Redmond to get back on the ice, and perhaps a bit of luck. Thats all. Its the 21st century… could we stop looking for divine meaning behind everything good that happens?

    • elvispocomo - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      The word miraculous has taken on a different meaning than just the divine in the 21st century. It’s no longer strictly religious in nature, but also is used to signify overcoming considerable odds.

      No doubt the quick thinking of those around him when the injury happened played a large part in limiting the blood loss and potentially saving his life, but the cut was the same regardless of how good modern day medicine is.

      Having that much of his muscle cut through in a game that requires a fair amount of leg strength in not just a running motion (forward and back) but more so the skating motion of pushing to the side and then pulling back in and to still be able to come back and potentially play two months later is a bit of a miracle in my books.

      Be happy for it and stop being so unnecessarily critical.

  3. jpat2424 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Good to hear.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    This was miraculous.
    Mark Chipman has been quoted on the record as saying “we’re lucky we weren’t planning a funeral”
    This kid almost died. Anytime someone saves another human being’s life it is simply miraculous

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