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|1984 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
6 overall by Los Angeles Kings
September 22, 1965
Height: 5-10 Weight: 190
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Dawson Creek, B.C. (Canada)
Hometown: Langley, British
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Olympics: 1984 (fourth place)
WCHA Freshman of Year:
Denver Records: Most points by a defenseman in one season (54 in
BCJHL Points Leader: 1981-82 (Abbotsford) (106 points)
Miscellaneous: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting Bureau as No. 4 overall
prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ... Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 1 defense prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ... Scored game-winning goal
for Canada in 1984 Olympic game vs. Finland, enabling Canada to clinch berth
in medal round. ... Completed his last two years of high school in just one
year, so that he could qualify to enter the University of Denver at age 16.
... Grew up idolizing Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr. ... Coached in
minor hockey by former NHL player Alex Shibicky. ... Was profiled on Hockey
Night in Canada at age 4 because of his dominance in minor hockey.
| Debut: October 11, 1984 (Edmonton at Los
Numbers: 2 (Los Angeles); 26
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Status: Retired for the final time in 1996
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Los Angeles, Edmonton||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Was represented by player agent Alan Eagleson during his
NHL career. Eagleson and Redmond's family sent a letter to Toronto warning
Leafs not to draft Redmond or he would return to the University of Denver
for 1984-85. ... Was youngest player on Los Angeles' roster in 1984-85 and
second youngest ever to play for Kings up to that time. ... Paired on
defense with both Rick LaPointe and Brian Engblom for Los Angeles in
1984-85. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with bruised foot, suffered
during Los Angeles' Dec. 20, 1985, game at Edmonton. ... Also used
at left wing for Los Angeles during 1985-86 season. ... Missed part of
1986-87 season with torn cartilage in right knee, suffered in
Los Angeles' Nov. 3, 1986, game at Calgary. The injury required arthroscopic
surgery on Nov. 6, 1986, and Redmond did not return to the NHL until Los
Angeles' Jan. 14, 1987, game vs. Vancouver, after having been assigned to an
injury rehab stint with New Haven (AHL) on Jan. 2, 1987. ... Paired on
defense with Mark Hardy for Los Angeles in 1986-87. ... Missed part of
1986-87 season with tendonitis and inflammation in right knee, suffered
after he re-aggravated the knee during Los Angeles' Jan. 23, 1987, game vs.
Minnesota. He did not return until Los Angeles' March 8, 1987, game vs.
Vancouver. ... Missed part of 1986-87 season with re-aggravation of right
knee injury, suffered during Los Angeles' March 11, 1987, game vs. Buffalo.
He did not return until Los Angeles' April 1, 1987, game vs. Vancouver. ...
Missed remainder of 1986-87 season and entire 1987 playoffs with
re-aggravation of right knee injury, suffered during Los Angeles' April 1,
1987, game vs. Vancouver. ... Left unprotected by Edmonton for 1988 NHL
Waiver Draft. He was claimed by N.Y. Rangers on Oct. 3, 1988, with the
fourth pick in the draft for $20,000. Redmond never played for N.Y. Ranger,
although he did travel with the team to its first few games of 1988-89
season before being assigned to Denver (IHL). After he was demoted,
Redmond's agent, Alan Eagleson, demanded that the Rangers trade him back to
Edmonton if they didn't plan to bring him up to the NHL by December. ...
Placed on waivers by N.Y. Rangers and reclaimed by Edmonton on Nov. 1, 1988.
He was immediately assigned to Cape Breton (AHL) after rejoining the Oilers,
and was not recalled to the NHL until Jan. 3, 1989. The following day,
Redmond played for Edmonton vs. Quebec. It was his first NHL game in nearly
two years. ... Came out of retirement at age 29 to sign tryout contract with
Edmonton in August 1995. He did not make the roster and spent entire 1995-96
season in the minors before retiring for good.
Long Suspension: Los Angeles suspended Redmond indefinitely on Oct. 15, 1987, after he refused to
report to the Kings' AHL affiliate in New Haven. Redmond had been
unimpressive in Los Angeles' first two games of the 1987-88 season, as he
had a minus-4 rating in that time. When the Kings attempted to demote him,
he said he saw no point in remaining with the organization, because it was
not interested in having him on its roster. Upon refusing to report to New
Haven along with teammates Bryan Erickson and Dan Gratton, Redmond, who was
in the option year of his rookie contract, asked the Kings to trade him. The
Kings suspended him without pay, and Redmond went home to Langley, British
Columbia, saying he would not return to the NHL until he was traded. He said
he would prefer to play on the 1987-88 Canadian Olympic team if the Kings
would not trade him within two weeks of the suspension, but the Kings
refused to allow him to join the Olympic team, because it would have
required them to keep paying him. Redmond took a hard-line stance with the
team, saying he was single and didn't need the Kings' money because he could
work for his father or sister, who were successful in the real estate
business. "I don't play this game for the money," he told the press.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles general manager Rogie Vachon found it difficult to
get a fair trade for Redmond, because most teams thought he was of little
value to the Kings and would not offer much in return. Redmond sat out the
remainder of the 1987-88 season, and did not return to pro hockey until the
Kings finally traded his rights to Edmonton in August 1988 as an addendum to
the deal that brought Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles.
New Haven (AHL); Denver (IHL); Cape Breton (AHL); Atlanta (IHL)|
World Championships: 1986 (bronze
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Retired for the
first time after the 1988-89 season. ... Moved to Vancouver area
and followed his father's footsteps into real estate business after his
final retirement, working for the family business, Norond Developments Ltd.
... Also became a minor hockey coach in Burnaby, British Columbia, after his final retirement.
Personal: Full name is Craig
Sanford Redmond. ... Second cousin of former NHL players Mickey Redmond and
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Los Angeles traded Redmond to Edmonton for John Miner on August
10, 1988. The trade was made one day after the deal in which the two teams
completed a multiplayer trade involving Wayne Gretzky.||
|Tier II/Jr. B:
|U.S. Junior B:
|Hall of Fame: