January 31, 2013

Former Ferris State Skater Zach Redmond Makes Official NHL Debut

Final Game Stats & Info

Big Rapids, Mich. - Another former Ferris State University men's ice hockey standout has realized a dream as defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) made his official National Hockey League debut on Thursday (Jan. 31) night with the Winnipeg Jets.

The 6-2 Redmond made his first NHL appearance as a rookie against the Florida Panthers before 15,731 fans at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.  He finished with three shots along with a +1 plus/minus efficiency rating and served four penalty minutes while seeing 20:56 of action, including nearly eight minutes of ice time in the opening period of a 6-3 setback to the Panthers. The Jets will return to action on Friday (Feb. 1) night with a road stop at Tampa Bay.

With his NHL debut, Redmond is officially the 10th former Bulldog player to play in the NHL for at least one game. Previous players to see action in the NHL have included current Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz, who's the only other former FSU player currently in the NHL this season, along with past players including wing Dean Clark, defenseman Mike Colman, defenseman Jason Blake, defenseman Dave Karpa, defenseman John Gruden, defenseman Andy Roach, forward Rob Collins and forward Greg Rallo, who most recently made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers in December of 2011.

Redmond had spent the majority of the 2012-13 campaign with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League before making the Winnipeg Jets' opening day roster in mid-January.  He was named to the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in January for his efforts with the IceCaps.

In 36 games with the IceCaps this season, Redmond had 17 points and was tied for the team lead in goals (8) and power play goals (4) along with leading the squad in shots on goal (95).  The Traverse City native played in 72 games for St. John's a year ago and notched 31 points on eight goals and 23 assists along with a plus 9 rating.

Before turning pro, Redmond played four seasons at Ferris State from 2007-11 and served as the Bulldogs' team captain as a senior in 2010-11.  A 2010-11 All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) First-Team performer, Redmond registered a team second-highest 20 points on a career season-best seven goals with 13 assists in 26 contests for the Bulldogs in the 2010-11 season. 

Redmond concluded his four seasons (2007-11) as a Bulldog with 90 points on 22 goals and 68 assists in 141 contests.  The 2009-10 second-team All-CCHA skater chalked up 12 power-play goals, seven game-winning tallies, one short-handed lamplighter, 217 blocked shots, and a plus 22 efficiency rating.

A 2008 seventh-round NHL Entry Draft pick (184th overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers, Redmond originally inked a contract with Atlanta and began his career skating for their top affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, of the AHL before moving to the IceCaps.

In addition to the 10 former players who've reached the NHL, a number of former Bulldog hockey players have continued their careers in the professional ranks at various levels across North America and beyond.

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Bulldog Hockey Alumni Report

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