Zach Redmond has picked a good time to be playing the best hockey of his professional career. The 25-year-old blue-liner has been through his share of ups-and-downs this season, dealing with injuries and a long string of healthy scratches after a promotion to the Winnipeg Jets in early January, Redmond has been a rock on the back end for the St. John’s IceCaps during the Calder Cup playoffs. Redmond, who is only 16 months removed from a career-threatening skate-cut injury to his leg, has two goals and 13 points in 19 playoff games for the IceCaps and is being used in all situations. “It’s been great to get back in the flow of things, to be playing and not be thinking about whether you’ll be in our out of the lineup or trying to come back from injuries,” Redmond said in a telephone interview, fresh off a team-building boat tour that included iceberg and whale watching. “It’s been a good stretch. There’s nothing to save the body for at this point. It’s just playing do-or-die hockey. Just trying to win is the bottom line. It’s been rewarding.” After falling 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday, the IceCaps face the Texas Stars on Monday night at Mile One Centre in Game 4, facing a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series. There was a mild controversy in overtime of Game 3 as Adam Lowry poked a puck out of the glove of Christopher Nilstorp and onto the stick of Josh Lunden for what appeared to be the game-winning goal. But the whistle was blown before the puck was jarred loose and IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge had no issue with the call.
Redmond a rock for IceCaps
Winnipeg Sun | Jun 15