BIG RAPIDS — Traverse City’s Zach Redmond, who just two months ago suffered a career-threatening injury, has been recalled by the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Winnipeg Jets.
The 24-year-old defenseman had his femoral artery lacerated in February when teammate Antti Miettinen’s skate cut his leg during a pregame skate in Carolina.
“It’s nothing short of a miracle considering what’s he’s been through,” Jets team physician Dr. Peter McDonald told reporters. “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, the 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.
Redmond began his rehabilitation in Kingsley before returning to Winnipeg for a training program. He was able to return to on-ice work in early April. He was assigned to the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps last week, where he posted a pair of assists in weekend action.
Redmond made his NHL debut in late January. He appeared in eight games, collecting four points on a goal and three assists.
In addition to his time with the Jets, Redmond played 38 games with St. John’s this season. He was named to the Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in January for his play with the IceCaps.